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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 […]


Watson Farley parries pay claim from Orrick defectors

Watson Farley & Williams has successfully fended off a claim for holiday pay from the Paris team that defected to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The 42-strong team, which joined Orrick’s Paris office in October 2002, demanded €290,000 (£196,900) in lieu of unused holiday under French employment law. Watson Farley rejected the demand and retaliated by […]

Land craft

Jean Bursle and Matthew Edwards report on how the Australian property market and the recognition of native title have found some middle ground It took the Australian legal system more than 200 years to recognise the existence of basic indigenous property rights in the form of native title. In the 12 years since the High […]

The work-life quiz

Matthew Higdon, partner, M-Law What was your first ever job? Buying yams in Dar es Salaam market for my mum’s friends. As a ginger six year old schooled in Swahili, I had high novelty value and could always get the best, best price. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Most of it, but […]

Grabiner and Sumption case settles before trial

A courtroom clash between the titans of the commercial bar, Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, has been called off following a late settlement deal in the six-year long Metro Trading dispute. Grabiner, who commands up to £3,000 per hour, had been brought in by DLA for an October Court of Appeal hearing on […]

Nick Carter: Capital One Bank

A former City lawyer is heading the legal team at Capital One, a company that markets itself as ‘fun’. Jodi Bartle goes looking for a laugh Capital One Bank appears to think it is in the entertainment business. The oversized credit cards featuring leopard-skin prints, the Union Jack and the vast spilled tub of Smarties […]

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