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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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Doctor Spin

In a few weeks, the QEII conference centre, just around the corner from the Palace of Westminster, will play host to the serious parts of the ABA conference. But the sumptuous venue, complete with airport-style X-ray machines and the sort of security guards who are not retired lollipop men, recently played host to another gathering […]

Making a difference

The legal world is enthusiastically embracing marketing. But as Fenella Quinn reports, the profession still has some way to go if it is to move beyond the realm of branded mousemats Many marketing directors in top law firms can congratulate themselves on the progress of their business. No longer considered simply as overheads, marketers have […]

Top five UK firms smash profits per partner records

City lawyers have more chance of earning a million with UK firms than with US firms – despite the Americans’ much-vaunted recruitment drive. Only two City lawyers at US firms are understood to earn more than a million pounds – Andrew Wilkinson at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, and William Charnley at McDermott Will & Emery. […]

Theodore Goddard nets Times top man

Theodore Goddard has recruited one of The Times Newspapers’ head of legal. Antony Whitaker has been with the group, which includes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Times supplements, since 1973. He joins Theodore Goddard as a consultant but will continue to work for The Times Newspapers as a consultant. Whitaker tells The Lawyer […]

The luck of the Irish

When the UK and Irish governments introduced their respective bills governing e-commerce, they got very different receptions. Bal Khela finds that unless the UK bill is amended, the industry could lose a raft of business to Ireland Buying and selling over the internet has led to a dotcom revolution that has made e-commerce one of […]

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