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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 […]


Manchester’s JMW makes Pinsents, Nexus hires

Manchester firm JMW has boosted its corporate and employment teams after hiring partners from Pinsent Masons and Nexus. Chris Moss joins JMW as a fixed-share partner and head of corporate. He joins from Pinsent Masons, where he was a corporate partner for more than five years, specialising in M&A, management buy-outs and flotations, for both […]

Norton Rose turns to Clifford Chance for knowledge systems chief

Norton Rose has created two high-level non-lawyer positions in its IT and knowledge management functions. Clifford Chance director of global knowledge systems Sam Dimond has joined to head the Norton Rose group’s own knowledge management function, while Sheila Doyle has become group chief information officer. Doyle has previously held IT roles at BP, IBM and, […]

Saving case

Raquel Agnello QC and Thomas Robinson report on the implications of a ruling that helps to clarify the relationship between the Upper Tribunal and the Pensions Regulator   The first case before the Upper Tribunal to consider the ­Pensions Regulator’s powers relating to moral hazard – Michel van de Wiele NV v The Pensions […]


DLA loses bulk of Canberra partners in wake of Aussie merger

Six of DLA Piper’s eight Canberra partners have left the firm just weeks after the firm’s Australian arm merged with the international LLP. The six partners, who specialise in pharmaceutical and life sciences work for government clients, will help establish Australian firm HWL Ebsworth’s new Canberra office. According to DLA Piper, the six partners were […]

Maclay uses new laws to protect Scotch whisky brand

Maclay Murray & Spens and Axiom Advocates acted for the Scotch Whisky ­Association (SWA) against a drinks manufacturer that branded its products falsely as Scotch whisky. Maclay IP partner Robert Buchan instructed Axiom’s Jonathan Lake QC on the case against Glasgow-based company Reynald & Sons, which was brought at the Court of ­Session in Edinburgh. […]

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