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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 […]


Simmons hit with third partner departure

Simmons & Simmons has sustained another partner loss, as a highly rated corporate partner up sticks for Lovells. Steven Bryan will join Lovells corporate team where he will be part of the firm’s energy and utilities team. While at Simmons, Bryan was credited with developing the accelerated IPO structure used in the Northumbrian Water flotation […]

Simmons loses two IP heads to Kilpatrick

Simmons & Simmons has been hit with the double loss of its London and New York IP heads to Kilpatrick Stockton. Helen Newman, who has been a partner with Simmons since 1985, is joining Kilpatrick Stockton’s London office while Christopher Woods, a partner since 1993, will move to the US firm’s soon to open New […]

First female managing partner for Gorvins

Stockport firm Gorvins has appointed its first ever female managing partner. Lorraine Lockie, currently the 16-partner firm’s joint head of commercial property, is taking over from Andrew Callaghan. As well as being the first woman to lead Gorvins, Lockie was also the firm’s first female senior associate when she joined from Eversheds in 1998, and […]

Willoughby’s future is bright with Orange

IP boutique Willoughby & Partners last week found itself at the centre of the Orange-EasyGroup spat over the use of the colour orange in EasyMobile’s trademark. Willoughby partner Shireen Peermohamed advised Orange when it wrote to EasyGroup stating that it held the trademark for the colour orange relating to mobile phones. Willoughby alumni Sulina Connal […]

Lovells triumphs on nine-year pro bono case

Lovells has won a criminal injuries claim for a pro bono client nine years after the client’s husband was killed by their mentally incapacitated son. The client, who has pursued a claim for criminal injuries compensation since 1995, was originally denied an award. Lovells lawyer David Vince and trainee David Hartley assisted an oral hearing […]

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