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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 […]


MPs question Govt on pensions

MPs from Wales last week tabled questions in Parl-iament querying whether the Government might be open to massive claims from UK pensioners with final salary schemes but insolvent employers The MPs, backed up by a paper from Denton Wilde Sapte pensions partner Elmer Doonan, believe an EC directive has not been properly implemented. Doonan said: […]

Eversheds bags more work from Lend Lease

Eversheds has extended its role with Lend Lease by winning work on a second shopping centre in the portfolio The firm will now advise on the Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull as well as Lend Lease’s flagship project, the Bluewater Shopping and Leisure Centre. This latest appointment comes a year after Eversheds won a competitive […]

Catalyst turns to CC for pro bono after Ashursts refuses

Clifford Chance is advising venture capital firm Catalyst and homeless magazine publisher the Big Issue on setting up a £50m social fund. The magic circle firm is setting up the fund pro bono after Catalyst’s main law firm Ashurst Morris Crisp decided to charge for the work. This is the first time Catalyst has used […]

Cuatrecasas looks to grow CGMP alliance with Mexican and Chilean recruits

Spanish firm Cuatrecasas is looking to bring a Mexican firm and a Chilean firm into its formal Iberian alliance The firm has brought Chilean firm Carey y Cía Abogados and Mexican firm Creel García-Cuellar y Müggenburg into a Latin American desk that it is running with its Iberian alliance members, and is now considering bringing […]

Five partners quit Herbert Smith ally in Brussels

Stibbe partners to set up new firm with Brussels-based intellectual property practice Braun Bigwood Five Brussels partners from Herbert Smith’s Dutch and Belgian alliance partner Stibbe are defecting to set up a new firm with intellectual property specialist Braun Bigwood. Braun Bigwood’s ten partners will be joined by litigator Paul Alain Foriers, insolvency specialist Michèle […]

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