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Medicinal Cannabis: What the Nation Needs?

David Hardstaff and Ami Amin discuss an in-depth report on policy developments in the UK by the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (the CDPRG) In Part A: why is it still so hard for patients to access the drugs they need? On 23 April 2020, the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group (CDPRG) published Part A […]

Approval of liquidator’s remuneration: a tale of two reporters

A recent Sheriff Court judgment is the latest decision to consider the role and remit of the court reporter in a liquidation which, unusually, involved the court appointing two reporters. In Scotland, the Insolvency (Scotland) (Receivership and Winding Up) Rules 2018 provide that where there is no creditors committee, the remuneration of a liquidator shall […]

Variation to an office lease to allow use as a private members’ club

The Upper Tribunal has allowed a variation to a lease that restricted the use of a property to office use (with minor residential use) so that the tenant could implement a planning permission to convert the property into a private members’ club. Background A user clause in a lease is a restrictive covenant. If the […]

Tax now payable much sooner following a disposal of residential property

From 6 April 2020 significant changes will be made to the deadline for paying capital gains tax (CGT) and filing tax returns in respect of disposals by individuals and trusts of UK residential property. Taxpayers and advisers need to be aware of these changes now. UK property disposals prior to 6 April 2020 Previously, UK […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]


Legal widow

The Lawyer smuggled home this month’s management reports, which is amazing, as they only print a miserly number of copies and they’re usually surrounded with the sort of security that blasts purple ink all over you if you open the cover. Perhaps it’s to stop juniors fainting at the thought of all the hours they’re […]

Schroders head of legal hooks up with Kirkland

The soon-to-retire head of legal at Schroders is joining Kirkland & Ellis as he prepares to become president of the International Bar Association (IBA). Francis Neate, Schroders’ group legal adviser since 1997, joins Kirkland on 1 July. He is currently IBA vice-president, but will become president for a two-year term from January. He will work […]

Paul Hastings hire kick-starts Asia project finance group

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bolstered its Asian project finance practice with White & Case’s former global head of India. Raj Pande, who has spent his entire legal career at White & Case, including the last ten years as partner, becomes Paul Hasting’s first dedicated project finance partner in Asia. As the head of […]

Jones Day Paris loses real estate ace to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance Paris-based real estate group has added a second partner to the practice after recruiting a specialist from Jones Day. François Bonteil, a highly regarded real estate lawyer who expertise covers financings, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions, is dual French and US qualified. The Paris group now houses 19 lawyers, including one other partner […]

Gawie Nienaber: CSC

IT outsourcing giant CSC’s Gawie Nienaber is happy with Europe’s progress, but eager law firms will have a hard time prising work from his department. By Steve Hoare I’ve done this job, as European general counsel for CSC’s EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] operations, since 1993. The analogy I use is that it’s a […]

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