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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 […]


Burges Salmon falls behind Osborne in PEP stakes

South West firm Burges Salmon has seen its average profit per equity partner (PEP) fall below rival Osborne Clarke‘s for the first time in five years, despite a 13 per cent rise. PEP grew to £410,000 at the firm compared with last year’s £363,000 . However, Osborne Clarke’s PEP increased by 18 per cent to […]

Web week 07/08/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. Divorced from reality Lloyd’s of London insurance market star John Charman, the eighth-wealthiest man in the City […]

Al Fayed fuming at Kirkpatrick negligence

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was jubilant last week despite a judge’s ruling that the firm messed up when it advised Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed over the acquisition of Fulham Football Club. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was jubilant last week despite a judge’s ruling that the firm messed up when it advised Harrods owner Mohammed […]

The work-life quiz Juan Picón

What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university. Name: Juan Picón Firm: DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Position: Regional managing partner, Spain Lives: Madrid, Serrano Education: Law and economics degree, ICADe (1987). LLM in European Community law from Université Libre de Bruxelles (1989) Work history: 1987: In-house legal counsel, Banco Santander 1988: Associate, […]

Dentons hires pay off for Herbies with Caudwell coup

Herbert Smith has scooped the mandate to advise Barclays Capital and ING Bank as financial sponsors of Providence Equity Partners’ £1.46bn bid for the Caudwell Group with new lateral hire Ian Yeo leading the team. On Friday (4 July) private equity firm Providence agreed to acquire the Caudwell Group which includes the Phones4U retail chain […]

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