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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 […]

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St Philip's manager defects to rival set

The practice manager at the biggest chambers in the country has quit. Robin Butchard has left his post at St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham to become senior clerk at the chambers of Andrew Campbell QC at 10 Park Square in Leeds. Butchard’s departure comes just two weeks after St Philip’s lost senior junior Richard Perks […]

Ex-DAC partner joins Vizards

EX-Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) partner Gary Marshall and an existing DAC solicitor are joining insurance and commercial firm Vizards Staples & Bannister. Marshall, who was responsible for setting up DAC’s Hong Kong office in 1992, is due to join Vizards in August and will be joined by DAC solicitor Stephen Byass in September. Since leaving […]

Martineaus suffers first partner loss

An equity partner has left Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson for the first time in the firm’s history. Joanna Lawson-King is to join Pinsent Curtis as a partner on 1 January 2000. Her departure date has been set for 31 October. She joined Martineau Johnson from university nearly 20 years ago. Michael Shepherd, Martineau Johnson’s senior partner, […]

Flotations & Financing

Simmons & Simmons advised SG Securities on the placing of 89 million shares in Hong Kong-listed Quality Healthcare Asia and related top-up subscription to raise in excess of HK$90m. The Simmons & Simmons team was led by corporate group partner Steven Bryan.

In brief: Davies Arnold Cooper

Davies Arnold Cooper. Last week. The Lawyer incorrectly stated that Maurice Millen, who was leaving DAC to join Macfarlanes, was a senior lawyer. Millen was DAC’s head of IT. We apologise to the two firms for any inconvenience this may have caused. We would also like to apologise to Millen for any embarrassment caused by […]

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