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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 […]



JLPBS Forbury, a joint venture between John Laing Property and the Bank of Scotland, acquires Energis House in Reading. Two leasehold interests were surrendered by Caradon and Energis. CMS Cameron McKenna advised JLPBS Forbury (David Saunders) and Caradon (Colin Jesson). Davies Arnold Cooper advised Energis (Ian Hunter).

Camerons sets up HK banking team

CMS Cameron McKenna has launched a Hong Kong banking practice, 20 years after arriving in the region. Following the 1997 Asian “meltdown”, local banks limited lending to mortgages. Now the economy is improving, this is changing. The practice will start as an extension to the firm’s corporate recovery department, taking advantage of the upturn in […]

Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation sells its 50 per cent share in Vintners Place to Wates City of London Properties. Sumitomo advised by Linklaters (Patrick Plant), Wates advised by Clifford Chance (Damian Perry).

Arnold & Porter expands tax team with NY partner

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has pulled off a coup in New York by attracting the former chair of the international tax team from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Richard Andersen, a leading tax lawyer, is joining Arnold & Porter to spearhead the development of a tax practice in New York. Andersen practices in […]


It probably goes without saying that the demand for legal services in the Bay area, which includes Silicon Valley, has been extraordinarily high in recent times. Quite how the current gyrations of the market will affect this flow of work remains to be seen, but I sense that we will not see much of a […]

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