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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 […]

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SJ Berwin has landed a role advising Elliott Bernard and Sir Stuart Lipton’s Chelsfield Partners on the acquisition of London’s Kensington High Street Commonwealth Institute site for redevelopment. The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed. The deal saw Chelsfield team up with Addison Developments, a company controlled by the site’s freeholder the Ilchester […]

Eversheds distances itself from NQ salary war

Eversheds distances itself from NQ salary war” />Eversheds has refused to bow to pressure from its national rivals by raising its salaries for newly qualified lawyers (NQs) to just short of the City rates of DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. Despite a 17 per cent increase from £53,000 to £62,000, Eversheds’ City NQs will receive […]

DLA Piper sees Pakistan Airways’ EU ban lifted

DLA Piper‘s regulatory team has succeeded in having an EU ban on Pakistan International Airways (PIA) partially lifted after just three months. Miriam Gonzalez, the firm’s head of trade, led a team that included head of aviation Mark Franklin and litigation associate Waseem Khokar. PIA can now relaunch 19 of its 43 aircraft to fly […]

Eversheds overhauls management team

Eversheds has slashed its regional managing partner positions as part of a national management overhaul. The review comes less than three years after the firm’s previous management shake-up and sees the abolition of the regional head roles in favour of a slimmed-down management structure designed to simplify the system and better coordinate the firm’s regional […]

Eversheds refuses to enter salary war

Eversheds has refused to bow to pressure from its national rivals by raising its salaries for newly qualified lawyers (NQs) to just short of the City rates of DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. Despite a 17 per cent increase from £53,000 to £62,000, Eversheds’ City NQs will receive far less than Addleshaw Goddard’s, which has […]

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