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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 […]


This week

Lawyers who hold the purse-strings will be flocking to the first Lawyer In House Forum at The Barbican on 25 January.

East Midlands solicitors appoint in-house barrister

Gordon has been a barrister for ten years specialising in personal injury and medico-legal work. Gordon, who plans to qualify as a solicitor, says he has moved because the exciting and interesting work is increasingly carried out by solicitors and he feels the skills he uses at the bar can best be used as part […]

Richard Millett on issues in the Bermuda Fire & Marine case. Richard Millett is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers and represented the corporate defendants.

The Bermuda Fire & Marine Insurance Company used to be the island’s oldest insurance company. In 1993, it went into provisional liquidation with what was alleged by its liquidators, Ernst & Young, to be a deficiency of $450m. Almost all of its liabilities were contingent liabilities arising from its participation, between 1968 and 1983, on […]

Time has not changed for everyone involved

The turn of the 21st Century happened to co-incide with my firm’s 21st anniversary. Forgive me, therefore, if I indulge in a little introspection about the changes I have seen since 1979. I’m not talking about the technological changes, though I am typing this piece on my laptop and when I have finished it, I […]

Cameron McKenna partner tried to suppress sexual harassment claims

Sean Farrell meets one of the women at the centre of Camerons harassment case, who speaks out for the first time. One of the women at the centre of sexual harassment allegations levelled at Cameron McKenna has broken her silence in an exclusive interview with The Lawyer. Veronica Pescud, who was a secretary in the […]

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