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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 […]


North East development body names seven-firm panel

Pinsent Masons, Newcastle’s Ward Hadaway and Scots firm McGrigors have landed spots on the new-look legal panel for regional development body One North East while Eversheds and local firms Dickinson Dees and Robert Muckle have retained their places. The new panel is split into six distinct groups: corporate, employment and regulatory, IP, tourism, property, and […]

Fladgates plans Premiership

The sports group at Fladgate Fielder has vowed to crack Premiership club clients after scooping a lead role on Crystal Palace FC’s claim against ex-manager Iain Dowie. Sports head Mark Buckley told The Lawyer: “It’s defin-itely an area we’re looking to expand. We have contacts in a lot of places in the Premiership and always […]

Mishcons celebrates double property coup

Property litigation specialist Daniel Levy, who joined Eversheds in September 2005 from Lovells, has left the firm for Mishcon de Reya. Levy joins Mishcons on 3 July to launch the firm’s property litigation team. The property group has also recruited CMS Cameron McKenna assistant Karen Milne. Mishcons head of property Nick Doffman said the move […]

Freshfields, Paris

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office was the first of the firm’s 28 foreign offices to open, in 1972. Initially the office was staffed with UK lawyers, but Freshfields quickly realised that it needed a French law capability. In 1980 the first French avocats joined the firm and it has never looked back. Firm:Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

CC helps Multiplex win Wembley case

Australian construction giant Multiplex has won its bitter battle with steel contractor Cleveland Bridge over work at the new Wembley Stadium, with Mr Justice Jackson ruling the Multiplex had acted legally. Jackson J this morning told the Technology and Construction Court Multiplex had acted lawfully and Cleveland Bridge was in breach of contract by walking […]

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