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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 […]


Linklaters cruises to top in 2004 M&A rankings

Linklaters has regained the top spot in the European M&A league tables for 2004, knocking off 2003’s top dog Clifford Chance. According to the Mergermarket’s European league tables for 1 January 2004 to 22 December 2004 Linklaters, which ranked second in the previous year advised on 236 deals worth 197bn euros. Meanwhile, Linklaters’ magic circle […]

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 […]

Gresham opts for Hammonds on Penn Pharmaceuticals exit

Hammonds has secured Gresham Private Equity Solutions as a new client following the hire of Wragge & Co partner Peter McLintock last June. McLintock joined Hammonds’ Birmingham office as the firm’s head of private equity, and has promptly made his mark by winning the instruction from Gresham on its partial exit from Penn Pharmaceuticals. Gresham, […]

CMS Hasche Sigle seals Norton Rose Cologne takeover

CMS Hasche Sigle has finally taken control of Norton Rose’s Cologne office after the completion of lengthy talks between the two firms. In September 2004 it emerged that the 17 Norton Rose partners in Cologne were discussing a move with Hasche Sigle. The talks came to an end on 23 December and the office formally […]

Lovells launches dedicated Spanish IP practice

Lovells has launched a dedicated Spanish intellectual property practice by relocating Hamburg-based partner Burkhart Goebel to the firm’s burgeoning Madrid arm. The addition of IP expertise represents a further stage in the development of Lovells’ Spanish practice, following the opening of the firm’s Madrid office last September and the appointments of dispute resolution partner José […]

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