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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 […]


Work Life Quiz: Peter Taylor, Lovells

What was your first-ever job?Photocopying assistant, at a weekly wage of £9.50. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Attempting to defend a County Court claim for an auditor’s fees by counterclaiming for professional negligence, in a case where I was “briefed” (ha-ha!) the night before. Where’s the best place to go if you want […]

Music industry body finds new GC within

Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job. The position had been vacant since April last year after former general counsel Geoff Taylor joined associated music industry group BPI as chief executive. A spokesperson for IFPI said the legal group had […]

Storm Trooper

Tulkinghorn’s preferred mode of transport is his own two legs – he doesn’t trust these modern aeroplanes. And Speechly Bircham IP chief Robert Bond would probably agree after enjoying a harrowing trip to Minneapolis during the storm season in the US last week. Tulkinghorn’s preferred mode of transport is his own two legs – he […]

Addleshaws, Macfarlanes, CMS bag Freightliner buyout

Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna and Macfarlanes have won key roles in the estimated £340m secondary buyout of rail logistics company Freightliner Group. Buyer ;Arcapita, ;the Bahrain-based investment bank, turned to longstanding adviser CMS Cameron McKenna, led by corporate partner Charles Currier. Currier said: “Despite some challenging economic conditions, deals for quality assets such as […]

Dentons woos former partner from Eversheds

Denton Wilde Sapte has rehired former partner Stephen Webb, while at the same time losing restructuring partner Michael Rutstein to Jones Day‘s London office. Planning lawyer Webb has returned to the firm following a two-year stint at Eversheds, where he was a fixed-share partner. He decided to move back to Dentons after being offered equity […]

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