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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 […]


Squire Sanders bags Coudert team in Beijing

Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s China practice has scooped a team from Coudert Brothers’ Beijing office. The US firm has hired US-qualified partners James Zimmerman and Sungo Shim and three associates for its Beijing office, taking its lawyers to eight. The firm also plans a Shanghai office by the year’s end. First reported on 3 […]

Jardine Matheson wins A&O partner

Linklaters client Jardine Matheson Group has appointed veteran Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Jonathan Gould as its next general counsel based in Hong Kong. As first revealed on news on 5 June, Gould will replace former Linklaters partner James Watkins, who retires at the end of the year. Linklaters’ strong institutional relationship with […]

FCO puts prospective UK ECJ judges on trial

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) last week interviewed candidates to replace the UK’s retiring European Court of Justice (ECJ) judge David Edwards. An FCO nomination will be made in the next few weeks, which must then be ratified by the European Council of Ministers, although this is just a formality. Edwards, who leaves at […]

Divorce thoughts

Barely a day goes by without another rumour emanating from the Italian legal market. US firms are signing teams from X, while UK firms are merging with Y. But Tulkinghorn heard words of caution from one Italian in-house counsel this week and thought he ought to share it with all those flirty Anglo-Saxon firms. Commenting […]

Govt rids CFA cases of indemnity principle

The Government has thrown its weight behind the use of conditional fee agreements (CFAs) by removing a long-running legal complication that has made them confusing for clients. Last Monday (2 June), new regulations came into force scrapping the use of the indemnity principle in no win, no fee cases. The indemnity principle, which requires lawyer […]

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