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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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Barclays poaches Biddle's top man

Barclays has recruited City firm Biddle’s managing partner to oversee and manage the bank’s legal panels and in-house team. Desmond O’Connell quit Biddle to take up his new role last week to become Barclays’ legal team’s number two. Barclays claims O’Connell’s new position is the first of its kind. He becomes its projects and operations […]

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Historic case signals end of war crime trials

It was a trial that made British legal history – the prosecution of a 78-year-old man accused of murdering Jews during the Holocaust more than 50 years ago and the first war crimes trial ever heard in this country. For eight weeks, Court 12 at the Old Bailey heard harrowing, horrific evidence of war-time atrocities. […]

Pinsents acts in first ever shipping PFI

Pinsent Curtis is claiming that it has completed the first ever shipping deal under the private finance initiative (PFI). The Natural Environment Research Council instructed Pinsent Curtis on the financing of its #30m ship, Polar Queen. The vessel, which is being leased from a Norwegian shipping company advised by Richards Butler, will be renamed Ernest […]

Whitfield promoted to BT general counsel

THE HEAD of legal at British Telecom, Alan Whitfield, has been promoted to the position of group general counsel. Former chief legal adviser Colin Green has been appointed to the more executive role of commercial director and secretary. Whitfield, who will now be British Telecom’s main legal adviser, says the appointments recognise an existing state […]

Premier Oil head of legal quits

Energy group Premier Oil is losing its head of legal and senior lawyer as the company struggles to cope with a loss of millions of pounds. Claudia Keenan, head of legal and company secretary, and Nick Shepherd, senior lawyer both accepted voluntary redundancy after the company announced its intention to reduce overheads and cut costs. […]

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