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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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EasyGroup appoints IP head

easyGroup has filled its head of IP role, hiring Anthony Robb-John as managing director of easyGroup IP from mobile content company Monstermob Group. Robb-John was head of legal at Monstermob and will take up his new position at the start of December, reporting to easyGroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. His role is commercial rather than purely […]

Former Shearman finance head joins Taylor Wessing

Former Shearman & Sterling securitisation specialist Marke Raines hasresurfaced at the London office of Taylor Wessing. Raines left Shearman in March 2005. He said he had had “a career break” ofjust over a year before deciding to return to the law. The move follows the hire last month of Graham Wedlake, a former BarlowLyde & […]

DLA Piper: Men of the world

DLA Piper’s global reach continues to grow apace, but only time will tell whether the firm has the capability to make good on its expansion strategy. By David Middleton DLA Piper: Men of the world” />The ‘brains trust’ at DLA Piper has a grand vision, and so far it certainly has not been shy about […]

Halliwells hires for Sheffield launch

Halliwells has hired DLA Piper partner Steven Fennell to launch its Yorkshire corporate recovery practice. Fennell leaves DLA Piper’s Birmingham office and will be based at his new firm’s office in Sheffield. He commented: “This is a unique opportunity to launch a corporate recovery practice in Yorkshire. We’ll be looking to grow the team and […]

Kirkpatrick goes DLA-lite

On Preston Gates’ website it claims the firm’s roots stretch back to 1883, when “Harold Preston arrived in Seattle on a train from Iowa”. Now Peter Kalis has arrived on a plane from Pittsburgh, it’s time for the next chapter. Kalis, head of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, has always had grand ambitions for his […]

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