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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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Eversheds moves Leeds head to London

Eversheds is attempting to join the City private equity race as it relocates its Leeds head of corporate to head its London department. Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two-partner City private equity group. He will […]

Eversheds boosts private equity department

Ian Richardson, who was head of corporate at Eversheds’ Leeds office for 18 months, is relocating to London with two associates to shore up the two partner City private equity group. He will also be responsible for building up the firm’s private equity client base in its French and Dutch offices as well as being […]

DOCTOR SPIN

AUK company with a massive global presence, an instantly recognised name and the sort of relationship with its customers that’s to die for, is understood to have appointed its first advertising agency. Cheetham Bell, one of the North’s biggest agencies, is believed to have picked up this dream multimillion-pound account after building up a relationship […]

the Leader column

You might think that the magic circle firms are full of lofty, magisterial types with their eyes on a grand strategic vision. Not a bit of it. The further up the ladder you go, the more worked up (not to say paranoid) you can become. So it’s interesting to see that there’s an amusing little […]

Unihold

Unihold International acquires a 60 per cent stake in German IT consultancy BKC with an option to acquire the rest of the company for DM40m (£12.1m). Unihold advised by Berwin Leighton (Simon Pollock) and on German law by Raupach & Wollert-Elmendorff. BKC advised by Haarmann Hemmelrath.

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