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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 […]


Regional Focus: Birmingham

Thanks to its convenient geography, excellent transport links and competitive size, Birmingham is arguably one of the UK’s most important legal centres outside London. More to the point, the city has shrugged of its industrial image and become a vibrant playground for young professionals who want a good alternative to working in the capital. more […]

DLA Piper and Travers handle CVS Aim listing

DLA Piper and Travers Smith have played major roles in the AIM listing of veterinary service provider CVS Group, which entered the junior market via a private equity exit. A Travers Smith team, led by corporate finance head Spencer Summerfield and associate Toby Newman acted for the nominated adviser to the deal, Panmure Gordon & […]

Unilever in-houser wins INTA presidency

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has named Unilever global anti-counterfeiting head Richard Heath as its president for 2009. Heath will take over from Mars senior lawyer Rhonda Steele at the start of 2009 and has earmarked tackling counterfeiters in the world’s new economic powers his top priority. Heath told The Lawyer that he is currently […]

Herbies latest to dabble in Abu Dhabi

26-Oct-2007Money laundering, the axe and the old Bill Unfortunately the most worthy story of the day is by far the most important. While we could have talked flippantly about gay discrimination claims, partners sacked for money laundering or Hammonds wielding the axe over a fringe practice, today is dominated by the Legal Services Bill. Olswang, […]

A&O and Norton Rose instructed on brewing mega takeover

Heineken and Carlsberg have turned to traditional advisers Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose respectively to assist in their potential joint hostile takeover of Scottish & Newcastle (S&N). A&O corporate partners Alan Paul and Alun Eynon-Evans are leading the team acting for Heineken, while Norton Rose M&A partners Andrew Phillips and Philip Mellor are […]

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