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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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DLA Piper kicks off DCM practice with A&O hire

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has taken the first step in building up a debt capital markets (DCM) practice with the appointment of an Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associate as a partner in its London banking group. Sharon Smith has focused on securitisation as well as vanilla debt transactions. Her appointment marks the firm’s […]

Steptoe hires four for Century City launch

US firm Steptoe & Johnson has launched a new office in Century City, California, with the hire of four partners from local firm Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan. Steptoe’s new partners are Mark Neubauer, Rebecca Edelson, Katessa Charles Davis and Meredith Moss. All four were partners in Alschuler’s business litigation department in Santa Monica. Neubauer […]

White & Case factions square off

The battle lines have been drawn within the London office of White & Case over the latest potential shake-up of the office’s management. The local partnership is understood to have divided into two camps – members of the newly combined banking and capital markets practice group, who are largely supportive of a radical shake-up, and […]

Batteries not included

The hunt is on for the City’s most ecologically sound firm and Mishcons has just driven straight to the front row of the grid. Investigative reporting reveals that three partners, including head of property Nick Doffman, all drive electric cars. That’s around a tenth of the partnership buzzing around in little leccie motors. Doffman reckons […]

E.ON and Arcelor propel Skadden to top of mergermarket table

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has topped mergermarket’s European M&A league for a second quarter in a row, after advising on 36 deals, worth a total of €189.6bn. The US firm bagged roles on three of the four biggest deals of the year so far, including E.ON’s €47bn takeover of Endesa, Arcelor’s proposed €19bn […]

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