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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 […]


Property firm closes as five join Couderts

San Francisco intellectual property boutique Majestic Parsons Siebert & Hsue is dissolving as five of its lawyers leave to join Coudert Brothers. Name partners Martin Majestic and Suzanne Siebert are moving to Coudert’s San Francisco office along with fellow partner Keiichi Nishimura, two associates and a patent agent. The rest of the firm is understood […]


CMS Cameron McKenna last acted for Legoland in the early 1990s on the construction of its Windsor theme park. But personnel on both sides have changed since then, and this time it was Camerons’ expertise in the two-stage tender approach that was key to its appointment by Legoland Development in California. Marc Hanson, senior construction […]

Kennedys scores UK first with New Zealand launch

City firm Kennedys is believed to have become the first UK firm to open an office in New Zealand. Following the opening of its Hong Kong office in February, the firm is expanding its international presence with the new office, based in Auckland’s financial and commercial centre. The main focus of the Auckland office will […]

Akin Gump hires top partner from local rival

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is taking on the head of litigation from local rival Miller & Chevalier. James Tuite, who is also a member of the 100-lawyer firm’s executive committee, will be a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation group in Washington. Tuite has handled a raft of complex civil litigation […]

White collar crime: ASIL NADIR AND POLLY PECK

Polly Peck was the success story of the 1980s. What started as a small hosiery company became an industry giant, with interests in many household names. Hotels, newspapers, Sansui electronics and Del Monte fruit all had connections to the Polly Peck empire. Shareholders saw returns of up to 1,288 times that which they had originally […]

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