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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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Benefit clawback may be ditched

Legal bodies campaigning to stop social security benefits being clawed back from accident victims are hoping to see their efforts pay off later this year. Social Security Minister Roger Evans is expected to propose new legislation to change the clawback system this autumn, following years of campaigning by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil), […]

Agent technology boosts search and retrieval systems

Fulcrum Technologies, supplier of retrieval technology, has two products in the pipeline. It is releasing an “agent” technology system at the end of September based on the idea of a personal helper automatically retrieving information as it appears on the Internet or internal files which is of interest to the user. It works from a […]

Jersey stirs debate on professional liability

The second reading of the draft Jersey law on Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) will be taken up again this week. In the interim, there has been an opportunity to reflect on whether the law will provide a workable solution to the problems of unlimited liability, or whether it is merely a distraction from the real […]

Criminal justice

Defendant’s rights are put in the dock On 22 August 1996 Ralston Edwards was convicted on two counts of rape. He defended himself in court and put his victim, Julia Mason, through six days of gruelling cross-examination. Mason, who waived her right anonymity in order to publicise the alleged abuse of process, said after the […]

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