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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 […]


Milberg outraged at kickback allegations

New York class action powerhouse Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman last week found itself indicted by the US attorney in Los Angeles for allegedly paying referral fees to win clients. But the firm hit back by launching the www.milberg website, to defend itself against the charges, which it described as “absurd”. Name partners David […]

Freshfields sees Goldman et al through APB offer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has landed the lead advisory role for a Goldman Sachs-led consortium on its £2.4bn bid for Associated British Ports (ABP). The consortium, which includes Borealis Infrastructure Management, GIC Special Investments and Goldman Sachs, made an 810p per share offer for ABP last week. The ABP board has granted the consortium time to […]

Browne Jacobson breaks through £30m barrier

Meanwhile, Browne Jacobson’s turnover broke £30m for the first time this year. Meanwhile, Browne Jacobson‘s turnover broke £30m for the first time this year. The firm posted a turnover figure of £30.2m, up 11.5 per cent from last year’s £27.1m. The Birmingham office made a significant contribution to the total figure, with year-on-year growth of […]

A&O scoops Arcelor steel saga role

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped a mandate advising Russia’s Severstal on its proposed merger with Arcelor to create the world’s biggest steelmaker. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has reprised its role as Arcelor’s main adviser after helping it defend a hostile bid from rival Mittal Steel. The transaction values Arcelor at EUR44 per […]

Olswang, SJ Berwin earn their spurs

Olswang and SJ Berwin advised on Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s £34m shirt sponsorship and business partnering with Mansion, the international gaming and entertainment group. The deal, one of the world’s 10-largest club sponsorship agreements, will take effect from July and run for a minimum of four seasons. Mansion will also join the football club in […]

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