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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 […]


20 Essex St's Brower becomes tribunal judge at The Hague

Charles Brower, who has had full-time legal posts representing two US presidents and is the co-founder of White & Case, has left 20 Essex Street to become a regular judge of the Iran-US claims tribunal in The Hague. `The chambers’ international arbitration team has had a bumper few months with the addition of Sir Peter […]

City solicitors

City solicitors are out in force as Conservative candidates this Thursday. Here is a list of the candidates, their firms and constituencies: Jonathan Djanogly, SJ Berwin, Huntingdon; Shielash Vara, CMS Cameron McKenna, Northampton South; Charles Elphicke, Camerons, St Albans; Neil Lyon, Foot Anstey Sargent, Loughborough; Marcus Hayes, Lee Crowder, Staffordshire Moorlands; Nicky Morgan, A&O, Islington […]

Freshfields Munich wins B&M corporate star

Baker & McKenzie in Düsseldorf is losing a top corporate partner to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. `Capital markets partner Hans-Jörg Ziegenhain will join Freshfields’ Munich office before the end of the summer.`Specialising in public and private M&A and private equity, Ziegenhain advises a number of leading corporates, multinationals and private equity funds including Degussa, Bewag, Trevira […]

Lovells hires niche IP lawyer from Paris rival

Lovells is continuing its expansion in Europe as the Paris office takes on an intellectual property (IP) partner from local firm Dubarry Le Douarin & Veil. `Dominique Ménard joins the firm today (4 June). Ménard set up the IP practice at Dubarry and specialises in patent litigation. His clients include IBM, Polo Ralph Lauren and […]

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