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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 […]



Judge's attack on Leigh Day sparks angry outburst from firm

SOLICITOR Martin Day has hit back at a High Court judge’s stinging ruling during high-profile tobacco litigation by accusing him of “living in an ivory tower”. Mr Justice Wright ruled that most of Leigh Day s clients who took action against tobacco giants Gallaher and Imperial fell outside the statute of limitations. He went on […]

Litigation Personal Injury 22/2/99

Maxwell v Bray (1999) QBD (HH Judge MacDuff QC) 8 February 1999 Plaintiff: Male, married, 34 years old at date of accident; 40 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff received damages for fractures, a contusion and a soft-tissue injury sustained in a road traffic accident. He was severely handicapped and had difficulty […]

Ireland's tribunal millionaire

If prominent Irish lawyer Eoin McGonigal kept a career scrapbook, it is unlikely that it would include the headline that made him a household name – and which prompted some cynics to refer to the Dublin Four Courts as the Four Goldmines. “Beef Tribunal’s First Millionaire,” trumpeted the headline back in 1994, spelling out in […]

Damages from Massive Attack

Massive Attack is being sued for damages of up to u100,000 for allegedly copying one of Manfred Mann’s songs on their album Mezzanine. Manfred Mann’s company, Petbrook and Creature Music, is heading for a High Court confrontation with Massive Attack members Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles, and Virgin Records. It claims Massive […]


Britain’s third largest mobile phone company has been a triumph for brand designers, and is one of the names that defines the corporate zeitgeist of the late 1990s. Launched in 1994 as a joint venture between British Aerospace and Hong Kong investment group Hutchison Whampoa, the company’s growth has been led by innovation and clever […]

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