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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 […]


Cadwalader loses another NY partner

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lost another partner from its New York office as news breaks of further cuts from the beleaguered firm’s lawyer ranks. Mayer Brown has snared reinsurance partner and disputes specialist Clifford Schoenberg. Schoenberg, who is thought to have left Cadwalader earlier this week, is set to join Mayer Brown as a […]

Herbert Smith lands Nortel job

Herbert Smith is advising Ernst & Young on the ­administration of the European businesses of Canadian ­telephone manufacturer Nortel Networks. The Herbert Smith team is being led by ­restructuring ­partner Stephen Gale and ­Laurence Elliott and includes corporate partners Gavin Davies and Alan ­Montgomery, pensions partner Roderick Morton and ­employment ­partner Andrew Taggart. In the […]

Fulbright: revenue and PEP up 7 per cent

Fulbright & Jaworski has reported relatively robust financial figures for the 2008 calendar year, with revenue and profits both rising by around 7 per cent. The US firm saw average profits per equity partner rise by 7.35 per cent, up from $776,966 at the end of 2007 to $833,000 at the 2008 year end. Over […]

Redundancies continue to hit mid-market players

Law firm redundancies have continued apace, with Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst Denton Wilde Sapte and SJ Berwin all making cuts. Ashurst is set to cull 10 equity partners from its global ranks, while at Addleshaws 19 partners were asked to leave on the grounds of overcapacity. SJ Bewin has launched a series of consultations that could […]

Gary Johnston: Mathys & Squire

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been? Professional bingo caller. What was your first-ever job? At the age of 13 I called bingo numbers at a large amusement arcade. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? I was once asked to write up meeting notes of a meeting I had not […]

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