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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 […]


Over here – in partnership

Rivalry between US and UK law firms is giving way to co-operation and the formation of MNPs, says Richard Tyler. “There are some real awkward Americans out there,” remarks one senior partner of a UK firm. But with US firms like Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft and Weil Gotshal & Manges pioneering cross-cultural fertilisation as they […]

Irish lawyers get tough on money laundering

Ireland’s law against money laundering is to be extended to solicitors, who will now be legally obliged to report suspicious financial transactions to the Garda. The three-year-old legislation, which was introduced as part of a crackdown on criminal gangs in the aftermath of the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, already imposes a reporting requirement on […]

Career choice is a luxury

How dare Robert Roweth question the motivation and commitment of those who did not study law as a first degree. As someone from a working class background, I had no one to guide me in making right choices about a career. Lawyers were regarded by my family and friends as alien. Certainly I had no […]

A&O scoops award

Allen & Overy has been voted the world’s best project finance law firm by the readers of Project Finance magazine. Deals that clinched the accolade for the firm include advising on the largest and longest domestic syndicated loan in Hungary to equip the Matra power plant.

DJ Freeman searches for that vision thing

In 1995, DJ Freeman felt it had aachieved the goal of market focus, but the firm was still in need of one thing:a vision. The BUZZ words for the medium-sized firm today is “market focus”. DJ Freeman was one of the first firms to latch on to the concept when it was still reeling from […]

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