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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 […]


Postcard from… 4 Peaks

Four mountains, three climbers, one driver – 48 hours! On 1 July 2010, together with Carly Rodman, Eileen Weinert and my dear old Dad as our driver, I left Chancery Lane  behind to tackle the Wooden Spoon 4 Peaks Challenge… for the fourth year in a row Thursday 1 July 2010: Ben Nevis (Fort William, […]

On the move

Leeds-based Walker Morris has poached the head of Hammonds’ commercial dispute resolution team in Leeds. Move of the week Veteran partner David Williams has been at Hammonds since joining as an assistant solicitor in 1988. He joins Walker Morris as a partner in its ­commercial dispute resolution practice, ­bringing the number of partners in the […]

Doreen Forrester-Brown

Southwark and Lambeth set up joint chambers panel

Southwark Council is to radically overhaul how it uses the bar by teaming up with Lambeth Council to create a chambers panel. The neighbouring London authorities have agreed a four-year deal that will see them share the cost of instructed counsel. Southwark has budgeted to spend £1.5m on barrister instructions over the next financial year, with ­Lambeth […]

Work Life Quiz: Barry Russell, Bingham McCutcheon

What was your first-ever job? Working for a vending machine company during summer vacations. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? I was left a ­voicemail from a partner at 10pm on a Sunday night after ­returning from ­holiday saying I had to be in New York at a closing the next morning. Unfortunately […]


Wragges hit hardest as Midlands firms suffer

There has been little ­revenue growth among Midlands firms over the past financial year, with four out of the five major Birmingham players reporting a fall in income. The region’s biggest outfit, Wragge & Co, reported a fall in turnover of 7 per cent, from £103.4m to £96.2m. This was despite the ­addition of 45 lawyers, including 10 […]

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