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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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Opinion

The head of the UK’s largest trade union responds to last week’s piece on the pensions row I read with interest the article written by Jane Marshall and Wendy Hunter on the pensions debate between public sector unions and the Government. I feel that I have to respond to this rather one-sided piece. In April […]

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw in nine-partner DC swoop

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has made a mass raid on Washington DC firm Crowell & Moring with the hire of a nine-partner securities and regulatory group. Led by Crowell & Moring’s securities, regulation and enforcement chair Pat Conti, the group of partners includes several former Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) lawyers. Peter White, Crowell […]

EY Law survives defections as Central European firms reaffirm commitment

The law firms in Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) Central European area have reaffirmed their commitment to EY Law Europe, despite a fresh round of departures from the network. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (18 July), at a meeting of E&Y’s Central European area earlier this month, ‘law’ was recognised as the fourth service line of the accountancy-tied practice […]

Binghams snares DLA Piper lawyer for litigation push

Bingham McCutchen has boosted its litigation department with the hire of Peter Bibby from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. Bibby, head of DLA Piper’s financial regulatory group, is set to join Binghams’ four-strong London litigation team. Bibby joins his former DLA Piper colleague Neil Micklethwaite, who left last year to launch Binghams’ UK litigation service. […]

DMH-Stallard merger pays off

South East firms have enjoyed a year of record turnovers, with DMH Stallard recording the largest rise thanks to the merger of DMH with London firm Stallard in January 2005. South East firms have enjoyed a year of record turnovers, with DMH Stallard recording the largest rise thanks to the merger of DMH with London firm Stallard […]

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