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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 […]


In brief: Guide to race relations and religion in court

The Justices’ Clerks’ Society has produced a booklet in conjunction with the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders which advises magistrates courts on how to foster good race relations. The booklet, Race and Religion (right), contains advice on how to address people from different minority groups and gives information on the holy […]


Legal aid partner jailed for 'wicked' green form fraud

THE FORMER head of a Lancashire firm dubbed a “den of thieves” by a Crown Court judge has been jailed for 15 months for defrauding the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of more than £1m. Gary Grosberg, whose firm Grosberg & Co was closed down by the Law Society in 1994, was found guilty of conspiracy […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Philip Alberstat

Philip Alberstat was born in Calgary, Canada, on 19 April 1964. He is a senior associate at Baker & McKenzie, London, specialising in media law. He was winner of the 1997 The Lawyer/Hifal Assistant Solicitor of the Year award. What was your first job? Selling hot dogs from an outdoor stand on the waterfront in […]

In brief: Telecoms privacy variable, says report

The London office of US firm Sidley & Austin has completed a report for the European Commission on the national laws in the 18 member states of the European Economic Area (EEA) relating to the protection of privacy and personal data in the telecommunications sector. The report reveals that most countries have legislation in place […]

Pinsents lures Dibbs' commercial head to lead its national litigation

Pinsent Curtis has brought off a coup by poaching leading Manchester litigator Nigel Kissack from Dibb Lupton Alsop to be its national head of litigation. Kissack – who is currently negotiating his departure date – was Alsop Wilkinson’s Manchester managing partner until its merger with Dibb Lupton Broomhead in June last year. He then became […]

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