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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 […]


In brief: White & Case

White & Case, the US-based firm, has opened an office in Frankfurt. Dr Erich Michel, from German firm Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Langere, will head the office. The four-strong Frankfurt practice will concentrate on capital markets and cross-border corporate and financial transactions.


Hempsons suit sparks Leigh family squabble

Well-known legal siblings Sarah and Bertie Leigh are squabbling over a law-suit against clinical negligence firm Hempsons. Bolt Burdon’s Louise Kerr is acting for claimant Dennis Walden, who waited six years in vain for his day in court after being injured at work in 1990. Kerr says angry correspondence between Sarah Leigh, Leigh Day & […]

Jury trial safeguards must be kept

Vicki Chapman explains why plans to remove defendants’ rights to choose jury trial are both unjust and impractical. The Home Secretary has announced plans to remove the right of defendants to choose jury trial for a range of “either-way” offences. He has suggested the majority of defendants who elect Crown Court trial intend to plead […]


Woolwich Building Society underwent a major upheaval when it floated in 1997. Its transition from building society to plc has had a mixed outcome. While the company’s results have been favourable since the conversion, Woolwich has lost ground to competitors in key areas, specifically in the UK insurance market. It is estimated that Woolwich’s share […]

In brief: London's

London’s highest earning criminal firms – including Burton Copeland, Hickman Rose and Fisher Meredith – are holding crisis talks this week over demands by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) that they hand over commercially sensitive details of profit and loss accounts. The demands affect every civil and criminal firm seeking a franchise – a must […]

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