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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 […]


charterhouse shopping centre fund II

Rowe & Maw has acted for Charterhouse Specialist Investments (CSI) – a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings – for many years, but the relationship was consolidated when CSI retained Ashcroft Estates as its specialist property manager in the early 1990s. Rowe & Maw has acted on more than a dozen shopping centre acquisitions and disposals through […]

CC partner joins A&O to head Madrid

Allen & Overy is taking on a corporate finance partner from Clifford Chance as it continues its pan-European strategy of broadening its banking and finance practice. Iñigo Gómez-Jordana, who has been a partner at Clifford Chance for the past six years, will become joint managing partner of Allen & Overy’s Madrid office at the beginning […]

It’s good to talk

For Alan Whitfield, law is not everything. KLegal’s multidiscipinary approach is what appealed to a man who likes to have more than one thing on his mind. Alan Whitfield, the departing head of legal at British Telecommunications (BT), loves telephones. He looks slightly aghast when I admit that my mobile spends most of its life […]


Christopher Braganza is just coming up to the end of his first year of training at Allen & Overy and took the Common Professional Examination (CPE) route, after doing a classics degree at Cambridge. He admits that going into law has not been his lifelong ambition. “Law was always a possibility, but I could have […]

MoFo snatches Couderts capital markets partner

Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) Hong Kong office has recruited a Coudert Brothers partner as it undergoes a management shakeup. Venantius Tan has been with US firm Couderts since 1993, working in the New York and Hong Kong offices, but will now join technology specialist MoFo. Tan concentrates on corporate and securities work, acting mainly for […]

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