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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 […]


Kirklands gears up for expansion

Chicago litigation and M&A practice Kirkland & Ellis is negotiating to expand from a third (9,000sq ft) to a whole floor of the former NatWest Tower, now the International Financial Centre, as part of a drive to double the 11-strong London office by 1999. Sam Haubold, managing partner of the firm’s London office, one of […]

BAe checks in to pro bono

British Aerospace’s legal department has become the first in-house team to sign up to the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG), a move the group hopes will herald a major increase in pro bono work done by in-house lawyers in the UK. BAe deputy legal director Terence Black said he will invite his outside legal advisers […]

Ashursts forges Italian alliance

Ashurst Morris Crisp has moved into Italy by forming an alliance designed to lead to merger in two years with the former Milan practice of US firm Graham & James. Negri-Clementi, a seven-partner Milan-based firm, with satellite offices in Rome and Verona, demerged from Graham & James at the beginning of this year so that […]

Smaller firms feel the pinch as legal giants gain ground

Smaller firms in London and the regions are losing public listed clients to the largest national and City firms, according to a survey by business directory The Quarterly Review. The directory lists all plcs based in the North and Midlands and their principal legal advisers. Its table (below) shows the net changes in the number […]

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