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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 […]


The work-life quiz

What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park. What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Being pursued on my way home by an irate husband of a divorce client. I managed to lose him by some […]

Separated at birth

“He’s a quirky little man, but I’ve grown to like him very much.” Now, does this refer to Herbert Smith’s new senior partner, litigation legend David Gold, or the idiosyncratic and inquisitive Belgian detective Hercule Poirot? Tulkinghorn for one can’t tell them apart. Exercising those little grey cells will be all the more important now […]


ioPharm Licensing – The Fastest Route to New Markets, Expanded Business Opportunities and Increased ProfitsCorporate Accountability fourth Annual Conference BioPharm Licensing – The Fastest Route to New Markets, Expanded Business Opportunities and Increased Profits29-30 November 2004, Central London This event, run by C5, has been designed to provide you with a thorough review and update […]

Fidal makes double hire amid accountancy-tied firm exodus

The announcement last week that French giant Fidal had reappointed Jean-Louis Paul as managing partner and scooped tax partner Hervé Bidaud from rival EY Law comes as a turbulent year draws to an end for former accountancy-tied firms in Paris. Fidal has not suffered too badly, but a slew of partners have left EY Law […]

Lupton Fawcett non-lawyers get partner status

Leeds firm Lupton Fawcett has given two members of its personal injury (PI) department ‘partner equivalent’ status, although neither are lawyers. Legal executive Baksho Sowam joined as a secretary and worked her way up, while Sarah Jamieson is the PI operations manager.

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