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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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Former Linklaters lawyer joins Romanian spin-off

Linklaters’ Eastern European spin-off firm ­Kinstellar has expanded its Romania practice by hiring a former Linklaters lawyer. Jason Mogg Bogdan Bibicu, who was a banking associate in Linklaters’ London office between 2005 and 2006, joins as a partner and head of banking and finance in Bucharest. Immediately prior to ­taking the post at Kinstellar, Bibicu […]

Ashurst scoops lead role on M25 widening project

Ashurst client Connect Plus consortium has reached financial close on the £6.2bn M25 widening project. The deal, which obtained £1.3bn in financing from a group of 16 commercial banks and the European Investment Bank (EIB), is one of the few large-scale PFI infrastructure deals to close since the onset of the global financial crisis. Moreover, […]

LLST chief calls for advice centre funding overhaul

With an increasing number of people joining job queues and getting their houses repossessed, the demand for free social welfare legal advice has never been greater. So it is reassuring to know that donations from the 5th London Legal Sponsored walk, which raises money for the capital’s legal advice centres, made £380,000 – the highest-ever […]


Focus: Unitary authorities: No county for old men

The launch of nine new unitary authorities has put the cosy world of the council lawyer on a collision course with the new, super-sized legal teams When the nine new unitary authorities were launched last month, hundreds of lawyers were thrust together in the biggest shake-up of local government for 30 years. For solicitors in Cheshire, ­Bedfordshire (which, […]


Ashurst revenues down by 7 per cent

Ashurst has reported a seven per cent drop in global revenues for the 2008-09 financial year. The silver circle firm announced total revenue of £301m, which is down from £323m at the end of the 2007-08 financial year. While the firm is yet to announce its average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure, managing partner […]

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