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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 […]


Covington bolsters litigation team with dual raid

Washington DC-headquartered Covington & Burling has made two lateral partner hires to bolster its litigation offering in the US. Covington has lured a partner each from Morrison & Foerster and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Securities litigation partner David Bayless is joining Covington’s San Francisco office from Morrison & Foerster, while litigation partner Michael Schlanger is […]

Eversheds lands £1bn citibas development

Eversheds is advising Citibas Investments on one of the largest redevelopment schemes ever undertaken in the North of England. The firm, led by real estate associate Paul Hothi, is acting for Citibas on the estimated £1bn Holt Waterfront scheme in Manchester. Eversheds won the mandate through its previous relationships with Citibas executive directors Mike Appleton […]

Travers of counsel hire sparks career path rethink

Travers Smith has scooped Citigroup Global’s senior counsel for M&A, prompting a wholesale review of the firm’s career paths. Sandra Bates joins from Citigroup later this month as of counsel, a position that was introduced last year but which is yet to be formalised. Managing partner Chris Carroll told The Lawyer: “The aspiration of assistants […]

Ashurst cements Blackstone ties with £1bn Tussauds deal

Ashurst has consolidated its position as private equity group Blackstone’s firm of choice when it comes to European theme park acquisitions. The firm advised Blackstone on its latest purchase, Merlin Entertainment’s £1.03bn acquisition of a majority stake in Tussauds Group from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Dubai International Capital (DIC). Blackstone owns Merlin, whose portfolio includes […]

SJ Berwin ties up Tories

Does SJ Berwin real estate head Bryan Pickup know something the rest of us don’t? Is SJ Berwin aligning itself for a changing of the colours in No 10? And does Pickup want to do the legals on the lease? You bet he does. The firm’s head of real estate has been working very closely […]

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