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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 […]


Andrew M Jackson

How a Hull shipping firm is getting work from Paris lawyers “The reception that City firms are getting internationally is actually helping us,” says senior partner Silas Taylor. A lot of Andrew M Jackson’s business comes from other marine lawyers. “In Paris, we are doing work for marine lawyers who have traditionally dealt with London […]

Linklaters set to take private equity step

Linklaters & Alliance is poised to hire a highly-rated partner from SJ Berwin to spearhead a move into the private equity market. Buyouts partner Graham White is understood to have told his partners he plans to move to Linklaters, although the details are yet to be finalised.White joined SJ Berwin nearly three years ago from […]

3i outsourcing decision is sweet music for DWS

Denton Wilde Sapte scooped 3i as a client on its £24m acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Ministry of Sound.3i’s in-house team handled the bulk of the transaction, but for additional due diligence work the company called in Dentons for assistance.The 3i panel consists of Macfarlanes, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Osborne Clarke and […]

Keoghs closes in Southampton

Keoghs has been forced to close its Southampton office. Opened less than two years ago to offer clients national coverage, the office has struggled to attract new business.Of the 11 fee-earners based in Southampton, just three – including the office’s only partner Asim Butt – will stay within the firm.Keoghs will now operate out of […]

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