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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 […]


US in-house depts grow

The latest survey of the 200 largest in-house legal departments by US magazine Corporate Legal Times and US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has found that they have grown by an average of almost 15 per cent – roughly 120 lawyers. Travelers Group heads the list with 760 lawyers worldwide.

Engineer to plot Bar course

Kamlesh Bahl is stepping down as chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) to concentrate more fully on her new role as deputy vice-president of the Law Society. Bahl, who will leave the EOC on 30 November, polled over 12,000 votes – the most of all the six candidates for office – beating David Keating […]

Bahl quits EOC to spend more time at Law Soc

The Bar Council has appointed Sir John Collyear, a senior figure from the engineering industry, to head up a committee to respond to the Government’s plans to end the Bar’s virtual monopoly of higher court advocacy. Last month, the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, published plans to give all solicitors and barristers full rights of audience […]

Higher PI awards for lower returns

Personal injury lawyers face a significant reassessment of claims following a landmark Lord’s ruling, writes Roger Pearson. The recent trend for Irish theme pubs will be at the centre of an important licensed industry dispute scheduled for the High Court in October. Mr Justice Collins gave Philip Cropley, director of leading West Country theme-pub chain, […]

International court intervenes in UN rapporteur's libel battle

A battle to protect the immunity of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers from prosecution has reached the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Param Cumaraswamy is being sued for allegedly libelling Malaysian businessmen whom he accused of manipulating the Malaysian judicial system in a London-based trade paper. In February, the […]

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