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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 […]


Internet bumps up use of Citizens Advice Euro arm

A specialist Citizens Advice cross-border advice service handled disputes valued at more than £1m over the last 12 months and acted for almost two-thirds more European consumers than it did the previous year. The European Consumer Centre (ECC), run by Citizens Advice, helps people resolve problems related to goods and services bought cross-border in Europe. […]

Taylor Wessing wins EY Luther partner

EY Luther Menold has suffered another loss from its IT/IP practice, this time to Taylor Wessing as the UK firm goes head-to-head with Bird & Bird. The hire is Taylor Wessing’s second technology recruitment this year. Earlier it raided Bird & Bird to boost its Munich operation with Reinhard Gaertner. In Germany, technology lawyers at […]

Skadden bags £3.3bn Skandia deal

Nordic insurance company Skandia has instructed Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom for the first time. Skadden is advising its new client on the £3.3bn takeover bid by Old Mutual. Skadden’s London-based partners Scott Simpson and Hunter Baker are advising on Old Mutual’s public offer for Skandia’s entire issued share capital, which was announced last […]

DWS HQ U-turn puts £100m deal in doubt

A u-turn by Denton Wilde Sapte management may have scotched a £100m deal for its City headquarters. Standard Life was set to acquire Dentons’ London offices for £100m until the firm re-entered negotiations with landlord British Land to discuss incentives to forgo an early break-clause in the firm’s lease. The firm had previously rejected the […]

Bar strike sees solicitor-advocates ready to step in

Solicitor-advocates will have to take up the slack if the likely strike action by members of the criminal bar takes place this autumn. Sources report that solicitor-advocates have been asked by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to act as counsel should barristers carry out their threat to strike from 1 October following the Government’s refusal to raise criminal legal aid […]

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