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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 […]


Professional negligence

Negligence claims against firms of accountants, solicitors and other professionals are increasingly common in this litigious age. The law of negligence is in constant development, as major cases come to trial and new legislation makes its way through Parliament. This week, The Lawyer examines three hot topics in the professional negligence field. The House of […]

Maxwells raids Kingsleys

Maxwell Batley has poached London niche firm Kingsley Napley‘s head of construction Michael Janney. Janney, who has worked previously for the pre-merger Masons and Cameron McKenna & Co, joins as a construction partner and specialises in contentious construction and engineering matters internationally.

Richards Butler signs association with Swiss firm

UK firm Richards Butler and Swiss law firm Chabrier & Partners (Geneva) have signed an agreement to form an association. The purpose of this arrangement is to exploit each firm’s expertise in international trade and energy. Switzerland and, in particular, Geneva is a major business centre for commodity and energy trading and trade finance and […]

Lawyers are the only winners as Gas Natural feels the chill in Spain

With Gas Natural’s €22.5bn (£15.35bn) hostile bid for Endesa halted by a Madrid commercial court, some are suggesting that the only beneficiaries of the drawn-out affair may be the law firms advising. Over eight months, Endesa, advised by Clifford Chance partner and head of competition Miguel Odriozola, has filed more than 30 legal and administrative […]

Firm friends

Reed Smith and Richards Butler say they will succeed where other US-UK mergers have failed. But only one man can pull it off Just five years ago, in 2001, Pittsburgh firm Reed Smith had 594 lawyers, who brought in $193m (£104.89m), with an average profit per equity partner (PEP) of $335,000 (£182,000). By January 2007, […]

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