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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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Chadbournes loss

Chadbourne & Parke is to lose employment practice co-heads Mark Brossman and Ronald Richman to US rivals Schulte Roth & Zabel. They cited client conflicts of interest as the reason for leaving. Chadbourne’s London office has also lost five English lawyers.

European bank cuts panel for advice in East to cut costs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), is cutting the number of firms it uses for English and local law advice on financing projects in Eastern Europe and Russia. Until recently, the 20 or so in-house lawyers at the EBRD had not co-ordinated the way in which they chose firms. In an effort to […]

Sif must sort out premiums

Is conveyancing more risky than other fields of work? Or is there a risk in the way it is carried out by bucket-shop firms wedded to a deadly combination of low fixed fees and dependence on a supply of work from local agents? Whether or not the former is the case, premiums based on the […]

Judge attacks barristers without law degrees

A HIGH Court judge has launched a fierce attack on the practice of letting barristers without law degrees “loose on the public” after taking an “elementary” conversion course and a one-year Bar course. Delivering the Chancery Bar Association’s spring lecture – during which he also attacked the “extravagant” fees charged by some leading QCs – […]

Almagamate by the book

When merger is on the cards, Anne-Marie Piper says trustees need to focus on careful planning and expert legal advice to make the process as smooth as possible. Anne-Marie Piper is head of the charities group at Paisner & Co. Charity mergers have a lot in common with love and marriage – often the path […]

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