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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 […]


Bond Pearce pre-litigation unit targets insurers

SOUTH OF England firm Bond Pearce has set up a dedicated pre-litigation unit for its top-end insurance clients. The unit will be headed by partners Bettina Rigg and Neil Trayhurn. Trayhurn says: “We bel-ieve that our pre-litigation unit is the first of its kind in the UK.” Senior claims specialist Daren Pemberton says: “We foresaw […]

Law Soc moots new figurehead position

THE LAW Society is poised to create the powerful new post of a director general. Council members are studying the governing bodies of other professions – such as dentists, doctors, accountants and architects – in an attempt to develop a new structure. President Michael Mathews says: “This is carrying on the process of restructuring that […]


Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Nick Conway on 0171 970 4803. Melton v Morgan (1999) QBD (Butterfield J) 8 March Plaintiff: Female, divorced, 45 years old at date of accident; 51 years old at date of trial. Incident: The plaintiff discovered a pea-sized lump in her right breast. The defendant examined her in […]

24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence. He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise. The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect […]

Will US firms clean up in telecoms?

Colin Long, partner, Olswang Liz Hiester, partner, Clifford Chance James Chesterman, partner, Weil Gotshal & Manges BILLIONS of pounds are being invested in the cable and telecoms industry as the sector continues to thrive amid mergers of colossal proportions. US cable TV giant Comcast recently announced the purchase of MediaOne in a £37bn stock and […]

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