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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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Shearmans boosts New York property

Shearman & Sterling is ramping up its New York real estate practice with the hire of a team from the New York office of Los Angeles firm O’Melveny & Myers.`Partner Malcolm Kratzer is moving with three assistants to boost the firm’s capability in real estate finance and investments.`His clients include Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings, […]

Paper trials

Fending off legal attacks on The Sun newspaper is no easy task. But to News International lawyer Daniel Taylor, it’s a case of fight the good fight Covering the wall of Daniel Taylor’s office is a collection of metaphorical scalps. Among the News International company solicitor’s valedictory gallery are front pages from The Sun – […]

Squire Sanders lures local partners for launch of North Virginia office

North Virginia’s growing reputation as the East Coast’s version of Silicon Valley has sparked more law firm raids.`Cleveland firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey in North Virginia is hiring from three rival practices for its launch.`The firm is sending in three partners from its Washington DC office and has taken partners from the local offices of […]

Barlows wraps up first Bourne deal

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has done its first deal for the management of Bourne Leisure Group, advising on its buyout of Haven’s 12 caravan parks to form a new company named Park Resorts.`The management buyin and buyout created a company worth £46m, making it the UK’s second-largest caravan park group. David Vaughan, former managing director […]

Bloodbath in New York as CC equity is slashed

Lockstep integration forces up to a fifth of US partnership out of equity; all practice areas affected Clifford Chance is cutting up to 25 of its US partners out of equity as it battles with a post-merger restructuring of its lockstep.`The firm is in the throes of integrating the legacy Rogers & Wells partners into […]

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