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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 […]


Gilbert & Tobin launches alliance with King & Wood

Australia’s Gilbert & Tobin has entered into a strategic alliance with China’s largest commercial law firm King & Wood. Under the alliance, the firms will create a joint partner committee to cater for clients in China, to develop their businesses across Asia Pacific and to share legal and management skills. Gilbert & Tobin managing partner […]


Shearman & Sterling: Empire state

Shearman’s previous success in London is eroding away, but can a new organic growth strategy turn things around if NY is pulling in the opposite direction? Shearman & Sterling: Empire state” />Shearman & Sterling had the most powerful brand of any US firm in the City at the start of the decade. But not anymore. […]

Shearman ups US associate bonuses

Shearman & Sterling has become the latest US firm to jump aboard the associate bonus bandwagon. In a statement it announced that it would provide special bonuses to all US track associates, along with the firm’s annual class-year bonuses. The special bonuses will range from $10,000 (£4,800.16) to $50,000 (£24,000.80), while class-year bonuses will range […]

DLA Piper rejigs restructuring team

Simon Neilson-Clark has stepped down as DLA Piper’s EMEA restructuring practice group head, in expectation of an upsurge in demand for restructuring leading him to focus on client work. “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last three years and, given the anticipated increase in demand for restructuring services, it’s now time for me […]

GC100 chair calls for secondment pledge

The chair of the in-house lobbying group GC100 has called on law firms to ensure that all potential partners spend at least two spells on secondment at companies. Helen Mahy, general counsel and company secretary of FTSE100 company National Grid, told The Lawyer: “I can’t see that secondments give anything other than an advantage to […]

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