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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 […]


In brief: CRE to examine religious discrimination

The Commission for Racial Equality is to carry out an investigation into the extent of religious discrimination. It has teamed up with the UK Action Committee on Islamic Affairs and other Muslim organisations to appeal for evidence of cases to be forwarded.

In brief: Family law expert talks on divorce reforms

Family law solicitor Richard Sax, past chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association, will speak on the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for divorce law reform following the annual general meeting of the London Marriage Guidance Council this week. His address – ‘Divorce law reform: good or bad?’ – will be given at 7.30pm on Wednesday at […]

In brief: Party tops up coffers for benevolent fund

More than £20,000 has been raised by the Solicitors Benevolent Association following its recent Primrose Party. The party, which celebrated the appointment of solicitor Christopher Walford as Lord Mayor, was attended by more than 200 people.

CCBE debate seeks consensus on rights of establishment

THE COUNCIL of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union was due to continue its debate on rights of establishment at a meeting in Brussels last weekend. Speaking prior to the meeting the Law Society’s international director Hamish Adamson said it was impossible to predict its outcome. However, a report released by the society’s […]

Toms makes its presence in Odessa permanent

UK firm BC Toms & Co has established a permanent presence in Odessa after opening a project office in the city in December. The office, headed by UK solicitor Peter Fullerton, was originally opened to accommodate the 17-lawyer firm while it handled the country’s largest construction project – the building of a hotel. Managing partner […]

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