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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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The speed of the president in calling last week’s special meeting of the council surprised the staff. His own paper was countered by a paper from the hitherto discreet intelligentsia of Chancery Lane known as the Ginger Group. Appointed by the secretary general John Hayes, it is established “to think the unthinkable” and it is […]

Cut custody warns Beith

FEWER custodial sentences and better treatment for asylum seekers have been highlighted by the Liberal Democrats as two key domestic reform proposals. Home affairs spokesman and deputy leader Alan Beith told the conference in Glasgow that putting more people in prison was not a solution to the country’s crime problem. He pointed out that 14 […]

In brief: Bar equality rethink due to kick off

The Bar Council’s revamped equality code is expected to come into effect this week after being finalised at the weekend council meeting, unless further refinements are to be made. Other major issues to be debated include controversial proposals for deferring call to the Bar until six months’ pupillage are completed. An announcement was expected on […]

Custody battles across the seas

AN English woman who fled to the UK from Australia with her 18-month-old daughter has been ordered by the High Court to return the child to Australia where her father is a resident. The recent case has highlighted the increasing number of such custody battles reaching the High Court. The order to return the daughter […]

Isma signs Perfect deal for on-line prospectuses

Linda Tsang reports On-line information provider Perfect Information has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Securities Market Association (Isma) to provide its users with access to over 11,000 prospectuses for international securities. Perfect users will be able to access any document, which will be displayed as an image on a PC screen. The facilities […]

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