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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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Cambridge becomes Charles Russell’s fifth UK office

Charles Russell opened its Cambridge office last week (1 March), making the City firm the first to have a presence in both Oxford and Cambridge. The Lawyer (20 November 2006) reported Charles Russell’s intention to launch in Cambridge with the triple hire of Hewitsons employment partners Tim Tyndall, Nick Sawyer and Hilary Aldred. The office […]

Five-partner exodus sees Bristows halt promotions

Bristows’ partnership has been put on hold as the firm assesses the damage from the shock departures of five life sciences partners. The firm is postponing this year’s round of partnership promotions while it comes to terms with the loss of one-fifth of its partnership. Co-managing partner Pat Treacy said: “We’ll hold off promotion talks […]

Jenkens fire sale prompts merger discussions

The dissolution of Jenkens & Gilchrist’s satellite offices was decided as early as last summer, it has emerged. Dallas-headquartered Jenkens has also confirmed that it is in emergency talks with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams, among others, about taking on a number of Dallas-based lawyers, where Jenkens currently has 124 fee-earners. One departing partner told […]

Electric Hugh driver

News of a welcome antidote to midlife crisis-suffering managing partners who are perhaps overcompensating for deficits in other departments reached Tulkinghorn recently. There were no Ferraris in sight when the first judge to join a law firm, Sir Hugh Laddie, turned up for his first day of work at Willoughby & Partners. Laddie’s first request […]

CC associates gain skills set boost

Clifford Chance is overhauling its London capital markets practice in an attempt to boost associates’ experience and project management skills. The magic circle firm is to widen its capital markets practice to include its debt and equity capital markets, structured debt and corporate trusts groups. Clifford Chance London head of capital markets David Bickerton told […]

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