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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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Davis Polk, Skadden, Sullivan in Citi’s Wachovia buy

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored lead roles on Citigroup’s acquisition of Wachovia’s banking operations. Partners John Ettinger and Phillip Mills are leading a Davis Polk team advising Citi, while Sullivan & Cromwell chairman Rodgin Cohen is leading a team advising Wachovia on its $10m […]

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Speaking your language

The SRA’s Liz McNaulty is right when she says that many straight-A students can’t write properly these days, says BPP Law School chief Peter Crisp – and it matters. Words are the dominant and most powerful tool of the trade for a lawyer. The ability to articulate an argument, draft a pleading or write an […]

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City trio bag roles on Bradford & Bingley rescue

Ashurst, Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May have been handed leading roles in the rescue package for Bradford & Bingley. After a weekend of emergency negotiations, it was agreed that Spanish bank Santander will take over B&B’s savings business and branches while the £50bn lending business will be nationalised. Herbert Smith corporate head Michael Walter […]

SJ Berwin hires Beiten Burkhardt property chief

SJ Berwin has boosted its German property practice with the hire of partner Hans Thomas Kessler, director of real estate at Beiten Burkhardt. Kessler is understood to be bringing a team of associates, although SJ Berwin is still in negotiations as to how many. Senior partner Jonathan Blake said the appointment was “good news” for […]

Mills & Reeve eyes UK top 30 place with new four-year plan

Mills & Reeve has embarked on an aggressive four-year plan in which it hopes to buck the downturn and boost turnover by 60 per cent from the present figure of £62.5m. Mills & Reeve eyes UK top 30 place with new four-year plan” />Mills ;& ;Reeve ;has embarked on an aggressive four-year plan in which it hopes to […]

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