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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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Nottingham offers pro bono training

Nottingham Law School has announced a new pro bono initiative with the Royal Courts of Justice.`Academics from the school will provide free legal training to lay volunteers who advise people representing themselves at the court. It is similar work to that carried out for a few years by City firms such as Lovells, Allen & […]

B&M muscles in on Interbrew competition ruling

Baker & McKenzie and Simmons & Simmons scored a victory at the end of last week acting for Interbrew in a Competition Commission challenge in the High Court.`But despite any input it may have had, Baker & McKenzie is not the solicitor listed on the record in the matter. It is understood that the firm […]

News in brief

Dechert has become the first US firm to merge with a Luxembourg firm as it announces its marriage with Brucher & Seimetz. Brucher specialises in investment management and Dechert was approved by the Luxembourg Bar on 3 May.

… and a cuddly toy

We have a winner. In fact, we have two winners of Tulkinghorn’s latest competition to find a suitable anagram for Patrick Farrant, Eversheds’ national head of biosciences and a dead ringer for Nigel Short.`While Tulkinghorn found the chess grandmaster could easily become ‘English rot’, a ‘loser thing’ or indeed an ‘honest girl’, he struggled with […]

The Leader Column

Beware the apathy. Last year, it was only a surprisingly generous Law Society that saved a raft of firms, both large and small, from punitive premiums on their professional indemnity (PI) insurance, as it moved from the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif) to the open market.`The Law Society allowed firms that missed the 1 September deadline […]

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