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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 […]



If you ask clients whether they actually read legal firm’s brochures, they often say ‘no’. Yet if you respond to a call requesting your brochure by saying “Sorry, we don’t have one,” the caller will surely find it odd that you aren’t making the effort to set your stall out. Catch 22? My initial question […]

Merger must come top of the agenda

Merger mania has once more hit the legal profession. According to the Smith & Williamson survey which contacted 35 partnerships of varying sizes, 86 per cent of firms have made an approach or been approached by another firm to discuss merger or acquisition. All the firms surveyed which have between 11 and 49 partners, have […]

Dibbs talks to Elliotts

MANCHESTER and London firm Elliott & Company could be swallowed by Dibb Lupton Broomhead if talks between the two are formalised. Both practices confirm they have held merger talks. Claims that Dibbs has offered equity partnership to only four of Elliotts’ partners have been denied, and the two maintain that no deal has been struck […]

Litigation Personal Injury 31/10/95

Merriam v Paris Construction and Peter Howlett – QBD 10 October 199Claimant: Mark Merriam, 3Accident: Plaintiff, 28 at time of accident, injured in 1987 road crash Injuries: Serious head injury consisting of depressed fracture of frontal bones of skull causing intercerebral haemorrhages – marked persisting neurological deficit including severe memory disturbance. Plaintiff has had to […]

LeBoeufs hires finance specialist

FLEDGLING multinational partnership (MNP) LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has boosted its ranks with the signing of Morgan Grenfell International deputy chair David Suratgar. London-based Suratgar has resigned his appointment as of counsel to San Francisco’s Morrison & Foerster and Paris firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. He took up a similar post with the new […]

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