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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 […]

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London: Apple crumble

New York’s fall from grace as the leading capital markets centre has seen London reap the rewards. But can the City hold on to the lead, or will the Big Apple bite back?

Linklaters big-hitter takes five for Romanian boutique launch

Linklaters‘ Central and Eastern Europe practice has suffered a setback, with six lawyers defecting from the firm’s Romania practice to launch their own start-up. Former Linklaters managing associate and coordinator of the firm’s Romanian banking and finance department Adrian Bulboaca is spearheading the group and establishing the new firm in his own name – Bulboaca […]

DCA drive pays off with diverse judiciary

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) diversity drive is paying off with black and ethnic minority appointments to the judiciary shooting up 60 per cent last year. The DCA diversity report reveals black and minority ethnic appointments rose from 30 new judges in 2005 to 48 last year. The number of women appointed to the […]

Flexible working answers Vodafone’s staffing plight

Newbury-based Vodafone UK has expanded its flexible working programme for in-house lawyers as a means of coping with the drastic shortage of top-class talent. The UK company’s legal department will be able to work either in London, Newbury or from home once the global organisation, Vodafone Group, moves into the City within the next two […]

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