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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 […]


ADR in Australia

Debate continues to rage in Australia over alternative dispute resolution. In a newsletter to the recent IBA conference in Edinburgh, Michelle Sindler of Minter Ellison Morris Fletcher says arguments over whether Australian courts can require parties to participate in ADR are ongoing. However, she says the country is witnessing a “fundamental change” to its legal […]

Irving goes to BDO as unit director

Leading legal IT consultant John Irving is joining BDO Stoy Hayward as director of the professional practices unit. Irving, who has been running his own consultancy for over a year since leaving Robson Rhodes, says: “I am delighted with the development.” The move will enable him to undertake larger projects which he says he had […]

Solicitor advocates await green light to apply for silk

SOLICITOR advocates are set to be given the go ahead to apply for silk by the Lord Chancellor. The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates has written to the Lord Chancellor with details of 12 solicitors who have 10 or more years advocacy experience in the High Court. The group says the Lord Chancellor promised […]

Barristers to give tribunal advice free

UNASSISTED appellants appearing before the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will be offered free representation at preliminary hearings by specialist employment advocates. A new scheme, designed by the recently-formed Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), answers a call for assistance from EAT president Mr Justice Mummery. ELBA has formed a panel of experienced advocates who will be […]

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