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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 […]


FFW and Simmons cook up roles on bakery purchase

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) and Simmons & Simmons have won places on the sale of UK-based baked goods producer Eurobuns to Scandinavian giant ;Lantmannen Unibake. Simmons corporate partner Richard May acted for Lantmannen Unibake on the deal, while FFW corporate partner Tim Davies represented the selling shareholders of Eurobuns. Davies said: “Eurobuns is a company […]

Thring Townsend reveals acquisition strategy

Thring Townsend Lee & Pembertons has unveiled an ambitious plan to more than double turnover within five years through strategic acquisitions. The Bath firm, which last year expanded into London following the takeover of Lee & Pembertons, is expected to report a turnover of £18.3m for the year ending March 2008. Managing ;partner Thomas Sheppard […]

Football focus

The Euro 2012 event is seeing co-hosts Poland and Ukraine raising their games when it comes to public and private investment.

Segro and Blemain win new in-housers

The slowdown in the real estate sector has not stopped in-house activity, with property investment companies Segro and Blemain Group appointing new general counsel.

RPC unveils growth amid restructure

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has unveiled a 9.4 per cent rise in turnover, from £52.9m to £57.85m.It comes as the firm announces a management shake-up that will see corporate partner Jonathan Watmough become full-time managing partn…

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