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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 […]


Top silk quits 36 Bedford Row after clerk resigns

Leading set 36 Bedford Row is losing a senior QC two weeks after its silk’s clerk announced his departure. Timothy Raggatt QC, highly rated for his commercial fraud and heavy duty criminal practice, is leaving with silk’s clerk Graeme Logan to join rival common law set 4 King’s Bench Walk (The Lawyer, 24 January). And […]

Salaries spiral as US law firms and in-house teams stalk top lawyers

Rewarding fee earners is the key to retaining staff says Claire Smith, as survey shows lawyers’ salaries leaping 15 per cent. Salaries in law firms are continuing to rise rapidly – some up by as much as 15 per cent on last year – because of a shortage of lawyers. Firms are under pressure to […]

London is best for mediation

London is the international capital of commercial dispute resolution, according to a report published by British Invisibles. The city handles so much arbitration and mediation that the organisation is promoting it worldwide with a document entitled Delivering Results – Dispute Resolution in London, edited by Lord Hacking of Littleton Chambers. He says London handles up […]

No justice in limiting right to jury

John Cooper argues the case for maintaining the right to jury trials, as the Government shows its determination to pass new laws on the criminal justice system. John Cooper is a barrister at 3 Gray’s Inn Square and a TV scriptwriter. I have it on good authority that the Home Office does not want it, […]

KLegal takes head of telecoms at Rakisons

KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountants KPMG, has poached the head of telecoms from City firm Rakisons. Chris Hoyle is one of the leading telecoms lawyers in London, and his departure will be a big blow to Rakisons. The telecoms practice generates nearly a quarter of the firm’s turnover. Hoyle is the […]

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