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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 […]


News in brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) in Germany has brought two in-house lawyers from Dresdner Bank and Landesbank Schleswig-Holstein into its banking and finance practice. A&O partner Charles Lindsay will also relocate from the London office to join the department in Germany. Dresdner Bank’s Cornelia Summ joins A&O after almost 10 years in the bank’s in-house legal […]

Milbank grows in Europe with new Frankfurt office

New York-based firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy is expanding in Europe as it announces plans to open an office in Frankfurt.`The office, which will open this summer, is only the firm’s second in Europe following the opening of its London office in 1979. Two US partners will head the office and they will be […]

Law central

Over the last 30 years, Washington DC has evolved as one of the key legal markets in the US, and indeed the world, and its emergence as a leading legal centre has shadowed the increasingly critical role the US government plays in the regulation of business and industry.`As the US’s capital, as well as being […]

Hewitsons figures are bittersweet

Cambridge-based Hewitson Becke + Shaw has increased its turnover by only 10 per cent, while its profits soared by 35 per cent.`Last year profits per partner were £135,000, but partners can expect to be taking home an average of £193,000 this year. However, turnover figures are far more modest, increasing from £15-£16.5m.`A Hewitsons spokesman denied […]

Bond Pearce and Cartwrights merger to create £30m firm

Cartwrights to hive off insurance litigation team as Berrymans Lace Mawer waits in the wings Bond Pearce and Bristol-based firm Cartwrights have announced plans to merge from 1 July, but will spin out Cartwrights’ insurance litigation practice as an independent partnership.`The firms have been discussing a merger since December 2000. Cartwrights managing partner Christopher Eskell […]

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