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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 […]


Workers' rights hit Jersey

Jersey society is about to experience employment laws for the first time The island’s workers have virtually no rights despite neighbouring Guernsey having introduced a raft of employment legislation half a decade ago. Jersey lawyers have expressed a desire to avoid legislation that will open the floodgates on employment claims as, they say, has been […]

Ozannes given all-clear over conflict of interests

Appeal Court ruling echoes Koch v Richards Butler; Ozannes speaks out for client freedom of choice Allegations of conflicts of interest against Guernsey law firm Ozannes have been thrown out in a landmark action with parallels to the famous Prince Jefri and Koch Shipping litigation cases in London. Rival firm Babbe Le Pelley Tostevin alleged […]

Liston quits McDermotts for Wilmer Cutler

McDermott Will & Emery’s London office will be left without a recognised telecoms expert on Friday, when Stephanie Liston leaves to join the London office of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering.At the same time tax partner Jonathan Ivinson is leaving McDermotts for the London office of US firm Hogan & Hartson to launch its tax team. […]

Paul Hastings grows Tokyo with Goldman Sachs hire

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has bolstered its Tokyo real estate finance practice with the appointment of Naosuke Fujita, the managing director of Goldman Sachs’ legal department in Japan. Paul Hastings hopes that Fujita’s move to its joint venture firm Taiyo Law Office as a partner will strengthen relations with the US investment bank. “I […]

Social conscience

As the top law firms come out in force for Pro Bono Week, Jon Robins asks: will the Government’s support of free advice undermine legal aid firms’ efforts to gain funding? Solicitors in Newcastle helping to establish a legal aid programme in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a free legal service for the victims of the Nazi […]

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