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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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Tube hits Freshfields with £140m-plus negligence claim

London Underground sues magic circle firm over Metronet advice Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set for a High Court showdown with ­London Underground Ltd (LUL) after the company launched a £141.96m claim against the firm. The claim was originally for £178.5m, but LUL managed to recoup £36.54m from other sources. It is, however, aiming to recoup from Freshfields […]

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Asian rich list hike prompts Withers’ Singapore launch

Withers is investing in Singapore as the growth of wealthy individuals in the South East Asia region ­rockets. The firm is in advanced talks with a local law firm to take office space in Singapore for a starting initiative comprising two Withers partners. The partners, who are likely to be US- and UK-qualified, will practise […]

Slaughters, Macfarlanes secure Chi-X sale brief

Slaughter and May won a competitive tender to advise alongside Macfarlanes on the acquisition of equity exchange Chi-X Europe by BATS Global Markets. The deal is expected to create the largest ­pan-European trading centre by market share and value traded. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the takeover to the Competition Commission (CC), prompting […]

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DLA Piper moves to replenish Aussie offices after Phillips Fox merger fallout

DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office after it suffered ­departures in the run-up to the firm’s merger with DLA Phillips Fox, taking on two partners and their support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker. Jim Holding has joined DLA Piper’s corporate team while David Richardson will bolster the IP and technology departments. Both were partners at […]

Harbottle’s hackgate headache

In ancient times – two weeks ago – the idea that the most powerful man in British media could have his cloak of invincibility brutally ripped away was unthinkable. But in a riveting 20-minute skewering by Tom Watson yesterday – forget all about any grandstanding flan flingers – that’s exactly what happened to former Wizard […]

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