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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 […]


Verrill, Louise – Hot 100

In the male-dominated world of insolvency, Louise Verrill achieved something special when she became the first woman, and also the first lawyer, to be voted president of the Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA), where she was already the first female council member. Verrill’s commitment to the insolvency profession is evidenced by her involvement in a host […]

Kinch, Katherine – Hot 100

The arrival of Katherine Kinch last year heralded a new era for J Sainsbury’s legal function. Kinch, who is a former Clifford Chance lawyer, is the supermarket’s first in-house property specialist. Her appointment was part of Sainsbury’s plans to significantly slash the supermarket’s external legal spend. And given Sainsbury’s recent financial woes, every penny that […]

Safe investment

Making sure JO Hambro complies with regulations across the pond is the driving force for Hannah Marshall. By Husnara Begum Before JO Hambro Investment Management’s (Johim) director of legal and compliance Hannah Marshall joined the specialist investment management business in June 2001, she was a property lawyer at City firm Orchard. When she arrived there was very little […]

Wright, Rachel – Hot 100

Rachel Wright has been at Lewis Silkin for less than two years, but has already stamped her mark on a firm known for its employment expertise. Much of 2004 was taken up advising former banker Stephanie Villalba in her £7.5m discrimination claim against Merrill Lynch. Lewis Silkin joint head of employment James Davies was nominally […]

Hengeler beats Freshfields to top spot in German M&A

Slaughter and May’s best friend Hengeler Mueller has overtaken Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance to top mergermarket’s league table for announced deals by value in 2004. Hengeler, which jumped three places to take the top spot, advised on 50 deals totalling 31.1bn euros according to the 2004 M&A league tables for Germany. Meanwhile, 2003’s […]

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