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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 […]


Tokyo associates

Allen & Overy has appointed two new senior associates to its Tokyo office. London-based Salim Nathoo has been promoted from associate and Alaana Lee joins the firm from Marubeni Corporation’s in-house legal department.

Who is Buggins now?

If anything were meant to cause Michael Napier to crawl out of the woodwork it was Robert Sayer’s letter to him and David McIntosh last week. It does not seem long ago that Mr Sayer and Mr Mears were on the outside, decrying the right of Buggins to succeed the Law Society presidency. Now notwithstanding […]

Good Friday for the profession

Conor Quigley explains the Good Friday Agreement and its implications for the profession throughout Ireland and beyond. Conor Quigley is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers. Lawyers will find much of interest in the Good Friday Agreement concerning a constitutional settlement for Northern Ireland. Legal ripples from the agreement will spread throughout Ireland, of course, […]


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Lawyers will pay the price

Lawyers see the introduction of conditional fee agreements as a government cost-cutting exercise that could damage the honour and integrity of their profession, says Orla Cole. Orla Cole is an assistant in the litigation department at O’Reilly Stewart. Conditional fee agreements (CFAs) have not been introduced to date in Northern Ireland but there can be […]

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