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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 […]

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Hammonds refocuses on financials, global liaisons

Hammonds’ London office has created the role of finance director in a bid to encourage better cash collection by partners, while also naming five international office liaison partners to improve communication and referrals throughout the network. Employment partner Caroline Noblet has been appointed to the finance director role by London head Robert Weekes. Weekes said: […]

Govt schools body extends legal roster

Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body charged with supporting the Government’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, has launched an expanded panel after placing costs at the centre of the review. A total of 17 firms, including Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, Dickinson Dees, Mills & Reeve, Nabarro, Norton Rose, Sharpe Pritchard, Trowers & […]

Postcard from… Warsaw

When I first accepted a posting to Poland, I had never once set foot in the country. My first visit took place on the occasion of the official inauguration of Garrigues’ Warsaw office and my initial impression on arriving in the city was excellent – a well-ordered, modern and entirely European city. Without a doubt, […]

Linklaters scoops Community Mark

Linklaters has followed up its success in the Business in the Community (BitC) CSR [corporate social responsibility] Charter by becoming the first law firm to be awarded the Community Mark. Linklaters was one of nine organisations to be given the award, which is assessed by BitC and endorsed by the Prime Minister. The firm spends […]

Rio Tinto outsources legal work to India

Mining giant Rio Tinto has embarked on an outsourcing project that will see part of its internal and external legal needs outsourced to India. A dedicated team of 12 lawyers provided by outsourcing company CPA Global will carry out contract reviews, drafting, legal research and document review work on Rio Tinto’s behalf. It is estimated […]

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