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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 […]


Cobbetts’ fee income falls by 16 per cent

Cobbetts has posted a drop in fee income of 16 per cent for the 2008-09 financial year but has yet to finalise its turnover figure. The firm said that it brought in fees of £48.5m for 2008-09, down from £58m for the previous year. Profitability will also be down this year, although Cobbetts has yet […]

Eversheds keeps South Central rail deal on track

Eversheds advised the Department for Transport on its £534m South Central rail franchise, which has been awarded to Dickinson Dees client Southern ­Railways. Eversheds partner Mark Brunton led on the deal, which will see South Central provide ­services on the London to Brighton and Gatwick Express route.Dickinson Dees’ partner David Rewcastle advised Southern Railways. The deal will […]

People moves, June 2009

Allen & Overy (A&O) has boosted its IP litigation practice with the hire of Neville Cordell and Huw Evans as partners. Moves of the week They were previously partners at the London offices of DLA Piper and Wragge & Co respectively. A&O head of ­contentious IP Nicola Dagg said: “Their arrival, alongside the promotion of […]

Simmons makes up four to partner

Simmons & Simmons has promoted four new associates to its partnership, representing a drop of 80 per cent on last year’s bumper crop. In 2008 the firm promoted 18 new partners to its ranks (, 7 May 2008). Two of this year’s new partners are in financial markets, one is in corporate and one is […]

Slaughters seals £350m rights issue for Punch Taverns

Slaughter and May has advised longstanding client Punch Taverns on a £350m rights issue, the ­second of its kind in the pub industry. Partners David Johnson and David Watkins advised Punch on the placement, made last Monday (15 June). London-based finance partner Philip Boeckman at Cravath Swaine & Moore advised Punch on US ­matters. Punch […]

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