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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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Camerons five defect to Cadwalader

CMS Cameron McKenna partner Paul Biggs will take a team of four with him when he moves to US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft in August. Douglas Bennet, Frank O’Flynn and junior assistant Simon Norris will leave the energy and project finance department and Charlotte Rogers will leave corporate. The four make up Camerons’ African […]

Leading sets wed in bid to join commercial bar elite

Two leading chancery/commercial sets have become the latest to opt for merger in a bid to join the commercial bar’s elite. The amalgamation of 13 Old Square and 7 Stone Buildings will create a 42-tenant set, including 10 silks, that will be run by the current heads of the two chambers, Michael Lyndon-Stanford QC and […]

It's been a good week for

Journalists, after Mr Justice Jacobs’ High Court ruling that Punch magazine (above) did not have to reveal its sources to The Mirror newspaper. The Mirror took Punch to court in order to obtain leaked documents which revealed the paper’s attitudes towards women and its financial performance. Punch was awarded £9,000 in costs. Birdman Richard Geiger. […]

Lathams drafts in US heavyweights

Latham & Watkins is moving two top partners over from the US as the start of an aggressive expansion of the London office. The managing partner of the New York office and the chair of the corporate department in Los Angeles are transferring to the UK. Philip Coviello and Bryant Edwards will significantly boost the […]

The liability of the dotcom lifestyle

Marion Simmons QC and Nicolas Shulman report on the abuse of dotcom company corporate funds. Marion Simmons is a QC at 3/4 South Square and Nicolas Shulman is CEO of Adrenaline Media. The crash in technology stocks has put much pressure on internet companies. The high-profile collapse of online designer-wear retailer Boo.com has focused media […]

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