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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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Litigation Personal Injury 5/5/98

Chadfield v Chadfield – QBD 15 January 1998 Claimant: Timothy Chadfield, 39 Incident: Shooting accident Injuries: Claimant underwent an above-knee amputation after his brother accidentally shot him in the left knee while pigeon shooting. He has never got used to wearing his prosthesis and still takes powerful pain killers for phantom limb pains. He finds […]

A&O's “Heath Robinson' deal enables £1.4bn securitisation

A revolutionary “Heath Robinson” loan securitisation designed by Allen & Overy last month was deemed so unusual that New York-based Standard & Poor’s flew its senior counsel to London for face-to-face talks before rating it. An 18-lawyer team, led by Marke Raines, found a way for the A1/A minus-rated Japanese bank Sumitomo to raise £1.4bn […]

Eversheds profits from Freres' demise

Eversheds London has acquired more than half of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, together with its Paris and shared Moscow offices, in a merger agreement signed last week. The national firm is taking on 25 partners and about 46 assistants, mainly in financial services, including leading lights Pamela Thompson, Richard Millar, and pensions partner Susan Andrews. But […]

"Road rage' girlfriend's appeal

An appeal is imminent in the case of Tracey Andrews, the woman who claimed her boyfriend was killed in a road-rage attack, but who was later jailed herself for his murder. The appeal is scheduled to start on 21 May. The case attracted widespread publicity when it took place. Immediately after the killing Andrews appeared […]

Solex preview, The external solution

Mike Oppenheim describes how his company delivers facility management systems to law firms across the globe. Mike Oppenheim is head of marketing and sales at Pitney Bowes Management Services. In today’s competitive legal environment firms must not only keep up with the competition – but stay ahead of it. Firms have to manage their office […]

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