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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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Sintons oversees group restructure for Malhotra Group

Sintons has overseen a group restructure for the Malhotra Group, which involved more than 100 properties and numerous businesses, as well as all of the Malhotra holdings being consolidated into one formal group that will in due course obtain PLC status. RBS structured the £25m funding using the bank’s Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS), which is a government-backed […]

The impact of inter partes review on patent litigation

The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO: the inter partes review or IPR. On 16 September, 2012, the USPTO stopped accepting petitions for inter partes re-examination and the IPR took its place. IPR, like inter partes re-examination before it, allows the USPTO to reconsider the patentability of a […]

It’s that time of year again — AGM season is upon us

For many public companies, significant efforts will be dedicated over the next few months to the company’s AGM. The AGM presents an opportunity to engage and communicate with shareholders, but it is imperative to ensure that it is run properly. In the current economic circumstances, it is not surprising that there is a strong focus […]

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Shakespeares launches fresh redundancy consultation

Shakespeares has launched a fresh redundancy round with 19 secretarial roles put at risk of being cut across its seven offices at the end of the month. The firm launched the consultation with 19 of its 100 secretaries, with five positions expected to go from its insurance team in Birmingham and 13 across the firm’s […]

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