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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 […]


McQuater, Gavin – Hot 100

In just a few years, Lovells’ head of project finance Gavin McQuater has built the practice from nothing into being one of the firm’s most profitable and respected offerings. In recent times, McQuater has played a key role in Lovells, winning some of the most coveted instructions in the market. Among the group’s key mandates […]

First Choice counsel leads tsunami recovery mission

First Choice Holidays’ director of legal affairs Andrew John helped play a key role in steering the company through the immediate aftermath of the tsunami. John, who is also a member of First Choice’s group management board, led First Choice’s rescue efforts, which involved flying staff and almost 1,000 customers out of the region. John […]

Beaumonts lands Paris player Cabinet Garnault

Aviation specialist Beaumont and Son has sealed a takeover of Paris firm Cabinet Garnault. As first revealed on (5 January), the Paris office will operate under the banner Beaumont Garnault, with a partnership comprising Beaumonts’ partners plus two former Cabinet Garnault aviation partners. These two avocats and four other legacy Cabinet Garnault lawyers will not join […]

Nicholls QC, Colin – Hot 100

Colin Nicholls must win the accolade of humanitarian barrister of the year. In his capacity as chairman of the prestigious Commonwealth Lawyers Association – which exists to maintain the rule of law in the Commonwealth – he acted in 2004 as joint amicus curiae in the case brought by detainees at Guantanamo Bay against US […]

Careers: people

Mishcon de Reya has announced the appointment of Oliver Goodwin as its new head of planning and environmental. Goodwin joins from Campbell Hooper, where he was head of planning. His group will form part of Mishcon’s property team. City law firm Kingsley Napley has announced the arrival of three new solicitors. Lucy Thomas joined the […]

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