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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 […]

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DLA Piper Danish ally’s growth plan forces split

DLA Piper‘s Danish arm has split from the firm to avoid future conflicts after putting in place an ambitious growth strategy. A spokesperson for DLA Piper said: “We’re no longer going to be working with them on an exclusive basis. They plan to expand massively, which could lead to conflicts in sectors which are quite […]

Taxing times

New rules drafted to combat real estate tax fraud seem to do no more than line the taxman’s pockets, warn Alberto Baeza and Álvaro de la Vía Tax reforms are always welcomed, no doubt especially when seeking to avoid tax fraud schemes. But whenever tax reform is not totally balanced, a zero-sum approach seems to […]

TLT Solicitors lands new risk director

TLT Solicitors lands new risk director” />John Verry has joined Bristol-based firm TLT Solicitors as its new director of risk from Lockton, an international risk services provider, where he was director of risk and quality. He has also previously worked closely with Charles Russell in setting up its risk and compliance functions. TLT’s partnership grewby […]

Buse merges to kick-start Euro network

Field Fisher Waterhouse‘s (FFW) former German alliance partner Buse Heberer Fromm is creating its own European network and has merged with Frankfurt firm Heide Rechtsanwälte, which has strong ties to France. Buse has offices in six German cities and representative offices in New York, Mallorca, Sydney and Zürich. It has recently opened up in Paris […]

Camerons lands A&O pair to boost Moscow banking team

CMS Cameron McKenna has looked within the ranks of the magic circle to boost its Moscow office after Clifford Chance raided it for two key partners this summer. Camerons’ Moscow operation is taking two Allen & Overy (A&O) senior associates, making up one to partner on arrival. Grant Williams will be a banking and international […]

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