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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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Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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Hammonds ex-partners: we will not surrender

Former partners locked in drawings battle accuse firm of holding back vital documents Former ;Hammonds partners embroiled in a £3m profit litigation with the firm have spoken publicly for the first time to accuse their ­former ;partnership ;of ­allowing the case to drag on three years longer than they believe was necessary. As the war […]

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Fox Hayes in second redundancy round

Up to 43 members of staff are set to lose their jobs at Leeds firm Fox Hayes, taking the total number of UK 200 redundancies to 722. Twenty-five members of staff, including 10 fee-earners, have already been made redundant at Fox Hayes. A consultation has just been launched with a further 18, eight of whom […]

Paramount counsel goes it alone

The former UK legal director of Paramount Home Entertainment has launched a boutique media firm. Victoria Botsoff has left Paramount to set up her own firm, called Botsoff, which ;will ;focus ;on ­commercial and IP work for advertising, television and marketing clients. At the moment Botsoff will ;work ;as ;a ;sole ­practitioner, but plans to […]

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Focus Dewey & Leboeuf: Joined-up thinking

A year on from the merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, their integration is not quite complete – but M&A head Mort Pierce has the global top 10 firmly in his sights. Dewey & LeBoeuf has reached its first major milestone – it is one year old. Last Wednesday (1 October) […]

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