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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 […]


Laytons duo head for rivals after Bristol review

Laytons’ South West rivals have scooped up two partners from its Bristol arm in the wake of a management review designed to address flagging profitability in Laytons’ Bristol office. TLT Solicitors has hired a four-lawyer team from Laytons’ commercial department. Laytons commercial partner and head of the trade and technology group Perran Jervis joined the firm last […]

Partner trio set to quit Hammonds

Hunton & Williams has scooped its second Hammonds partner in three months with the hire of John Deacon to kick-start a London construction practice. Deacon’s departure coincides with that of two other Hammonds partners, who both announced their resignations last week. London-based head of technology Ged O’Neill and Birmingham commercial and IP partner Jonathan Moore are both set to […]

A reel awards ceremony

The awards season got off to a flying start last week with the great and the good flocking to the glitziest, glammest event of the year. Yes, the British Independent Film Awards were held at London’s Hammersmith Palais on Tuesday (30 November). Tulkinghorn was kindly invited down by outgoing Osborne Clarke film finance legend Phil […]

Playing away

It was bonkers, like Willy Wonka’s place, last Monday night (29 November). Linklaters’ communications, media and technology (CMT) team kicked off the party season proper with a champagne reception at Hamleys on Regent Street. The staff shut up shop at 8pm, leaving the Linklaters guests free to wander the store at their leisure and get in some […]

Hallmark IP wins ex-Olswang trademark star

Hallmark IP has recruited Olswang’s former head of trademark filing and prosecution, Vivienne Coleman, as the first step on its road to becoming a multidisciplinary IP practice. Coleman left Olswang in August following a restructuring of the IP group, which also saw patent attorney Stephen Carter rejoin Mewburn Ellis. Coleman joins former KLegal founding partner […]

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