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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 […]


In-house lawyers warned of dangers of third-party advice

IN-HOUSE lawyers are giving legal opinions to third parties such as lenders and buyers despite uncertainty over personal liability. Stephan Hutter of Shearman & Sterling in Frankfurt, who chaired an IBA seminar on legal opinions of in-house counsel, says: “In reality they are asked for [opinions] frequently. Legal advice in the form of opinions is […]


Allen & Overy Concentrating heavily on bank-led restructurings, the firm has been able to export the practice successfully to both Asia and Eastern Europe. London partner Nick Segal has now been charged with breaking into the New York market and achieving the short-term goal of bringing in a team. Linklaters & Alliance Strongly focused on […]

Working for the workers

Human rights act: employment law When the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) comes into force next week, it is likely to have an impact for employers and employees in both the public and private sectors. However, as with most other areas of practice, there is a continuing debate among employment lawyers as to precisely how […]

Lawyers claim Dome bosses are untouchable

Lawyers and accountants have dismissed claims that directors of the Millennium Dome could face legal action following a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The report shows that the Dome was insolvent at the time it was awarded its latest £47m lottery handout. “The report may be warning directors of a possible liability,” says Colin Haig, partner […]

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