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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 […]



APRIL Positive press comments – nil, v. bad, Negative press comments – getting fewer, good. Number of interview requests from Joshua Rozenberg of the BBC refused – 38, excellent! Monday Things are looking up. Only 10 mentions of wallpaper in today’s press, the enormously cheering Garry is finally here and I’ve got rid of that […]

"Legal aid party is over'

You report that we have gone out of our way to support the Government’s legal aid reforms (“Two leading legal aid firms back Govt”, The Lawyer, 7 April). We concluded that legal aid needed an overhaul before Lord Irvine took office. It was an opinion informed by practice in medical negligence, personal injury and product […]

Five firms fall prey to Lovells' latest worldwide hiring spree

A HIRING spree has seen Lovell White Durrant take on five partners from five separate firms – one of whom will head a new office in Singapore. Clifford Chance, Holman Fenwick & Willan, Stephenson Harwood and Masons have all lost partners to the firm. As well as taking on corporate and finance partner Paul Supramaniam […]

Litigation Writs 5/5/98

Donald Applegate has issued a writ against Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Occidental Peruana, Occidental International Exploration and Production Company, Occidental Petroleum Corporation of Peru, Petrex and Saipem. The writ alleges that he was injured while working at the Carbot Rig Site in Peru on 8 August 1992 and that his injuries were caused by negligence on […]

Sheffield firm engulfs Leeds insolvency practice

SHEFFIELD firm Keeble Hawson swallowed up Leeds-based six-partner firm RC Moorhouse & Co last week to create the tenth largest firm in Yorkshire. The new firm, Keeble Hawson Moorhouse, has 22 partners and 55 other fee earners. Spokesman Jonathan Armstrong said: “We have made no secret of the fact that we wanted to expand into […]

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