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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 […]


Norton Rose nets London planning head

English Heritage’s former legal chief, who joined Howard Kennedy 13 months ago, is set to join Norton Rose as a senior associate. Nigel Hewitson, who moved to Howard Kennedy to launch a dedicated planning department last July, will head a new London planning practice at Norton Rose. Hewitson’s hire was seen as a major coup […]

The South

It was a tumultuous year in the South West, with talent-poaching and mergers in all corners of the market.The three-year trend shows the region’s leaders even more clearly. But in terms of revenue per lawyer (RPL) last year, firms in the South fell into three distinct categories: those that soared, those in the mid-range and […]

Beachcroft to reduce carbon footprint

Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent. •Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent. The firm already has one of the lowest footprints in the legal industry, producing 4,526 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent […]

India’s big firm influx: don’t worry, be happy

International law firms need to start engaging with India with the long term in mind. The best approach to the Indian market is based on equal standing (for local and international lawyers) and focusing on the development of local talent. Investment in knowhow, training and legal education in the local market is vital if international […]

The Edge of reason

Ashurst corporate partner Andrew Edge was chatting to one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes the other day and telling her about his various experiences with the press. One run-in in particular with a well-known national paper left him a little red-faced, he admitted. Edge was approached by a journalist and asked for his views on the contraceptive […]

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