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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 […]


In brief: 1 Crown Office Row

1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Mark Strachan QC, is moving to refurbished premises at 3 Hare Court. The move, which will take place at the end of the year, will enable all tenants at the general commercial and common law set to be housed on one site.

City firms fight to save troubled football clubs

Wilde Sapte, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Lawrence Graham are battling against the clock to try and save three football clubs from going to the wall. Crystal Palace, Luton and Portsmouth have all gone into receivership and any rescue package has to be completed within the next few weeks to beat the 31 July deadline set […]

AWB puts gender on the agenda

The incoming chair of the Association of Women Barristers (AWB) is launching a campaign to vet all new legislation for its impact on women. Helene Pines Richman, a tenant at 9 Stone Buildings, was inaugurated as the AWB’s chairwoman last week. The first American to chair the association, she now wants to set up a […]

Cobbetts links with ex-council solicitor to win Walsall deal

Cobbetts has worked with a former local government solicitor to win a property deal for Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, beating off competition from Eversheds and Wragge & Co. The Manchester firm joined up with sole practitioner and former local government chief officer Robin Mosley in order to pitch for the work. Mosley worked at Walsall […]

Lord Mishcon moves to block Lord Irvine in Bill

Labour peer, Lord Mishcon QC plans to introduce an amendment to the Access to Justice Bill designed to vanquish the “Sword of Damocles” held by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine over the Law Society’s trade union role. As the Access to Justice Bill went through its report stage in the Commons, an amendment was introduced […]

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