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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 […]


Legal widow

Bang! Waaah! So begins another fun-filled day in the Lawyer’s household, this time with Liability sobbing her heart out in the bathroom because her father won’t let her have a mobile phone. “You are SEVEN YEARS OLD!” he shouts at her. “At your age I was lucky to be allowed to see my friends, let […]

News capers

A raft of newspaper raids has heightened fears of an attack on press freedom. Keith Brandt investigates The summer of 2004 has proved to be a tumultuous period for press freedom in Hong Kong. Raids carried out by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on the newsrooms of seven Hong Kong newspapers were […]

Former Ashurst managing partner quits for Shearman

Ashurst’s former managing partner Ian Nisse is leaving for Shearman & Sterling. The property partner, who served as managing partner from 1997 to 2000, is joining the US firm to set up its real estate practice, which it hopes to grow to three partners and 10 associates. Shearman has been searching for a real estate […]

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 […]

CC’s CMT team suffers another departure

Clifford Chance partner Nick Elverston will be the latest partner to leave the firm’s troubled communications, media and technology (CMT) team after announcing his departure for Herbert Smith last week. The CMT group has suffered a string of departures, the bankruptcy of a number of key clients and, in June, a number of associates were […]

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