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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 […]


Chris Mallon

Chris Mallon made his name at Lovells as the man who co-ordinated London lawyers in the BCCI case. Now he has been lured from Biddle and handed the task of making Freshfields on of the best. Gulshanah Choudhuri reports The Italian island of Capri is a far cry from the Freshfields insolvency group. But it […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp is advising Texas Pacific Group


Ronnie Hooberman, head of property at Mishcon de Reya, acted for Rialto Homes and Frogmore Estates on their application for planning consent for a £150m residential and commercial development in Paddington Basin. Property assistant Arnaud Montagna provided support on the deal, which involved negotiating planning consent with Westminster Council, which was represented by its in-house […]

Lawyers must keep independence

Shadow Attorney General Edward Garnier QC argues that Lord Irvine’s plans for a Criminal Defence Service threaten the constitutional role of the judiciary. On 5 July, the Lord Chancellor made a speech to the Third Worldwide Common Law Judiciary Conference in Edinburgh. He concentrated his remarks on what he called the “cornerstone issues” of judicial […]

Square Mile

Law firms have always been a good source of precedent-setting cases in the employment field. For example, one small firm’s failure to take on a black secretary provided interesting case law on the burden of proof in discrimination law cases. Or when a larger firm argued at a tribunal hearing that it was only liable […]

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