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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 […]


Society finds 'nothing wrong' with names-for-cash scheme

NO ACTION is to be taken over the names-for-cash marketing controversy which prompted widespread ambulance chasing claims in the summer. But the Law Society has decided to tighten up conveyancing advertising rules to clamp down on unrealistically low quotes. The move comes amid calls for urgent action to put a stop to fee undercutting from […]

Winning the moot points:The Writs Stuff

The Times essay contest The Times is currently running an essay contest on ‘Advocacy – what is the future?’ with over £6,000 in prizes. No more than 1,000 words by 1 December to The Times Law Awards, c/o 1 Essex Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9AR. Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the Unborn Topic […]

Surviving on borrowed time

Whether embarking on an LLB or LPC, starting your articles, buying into a partnership or running your own practice, it is essential for fledgling and established lawyers and solicitors to be able to rely on sensible and constructive financial support throughout their careers. With the erosion of the student grant, it has become essential that […]

The Prejudice Barrier

Overcoming academic hurdles is an everyday occurrence in a student’s life, but overcoming prejudice can be more difficult. Those entering the legal profession often come up against discrimination because of their educational background, age or ethnic minority. Although some in-roads have been made with, for example the referral scheme launched on the initiative of the […]

Litigation Personal Injury 24/10/95

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s legal database. TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Reports; LTL: Lawtel; WLR: Weekly Law Reports. Wallace v Sheppard – QBD 6 October 199Claimant: Donald Wallace Accident: Front seat passenger injured in car crash Injuries: Severe head injuries with increasing tendency towards epilepsy, continuing intellectual and memory deficit and impairment […]

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