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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 […]


Clifford Chance’s Layton and Norman: partners are backing us on the tough choices

There’s been a round of management musical chairs at Clifford Chance in recent months with new head Matthew Layton overhauling the firm’s leadership. Two months in and Layton has torn up the firm’s constitution, scrapped leadership elections and replaced the management committee with a new-look management board. In today’s leadership interview Layton and new corporate […]

The public sector in-house revolution

The spotlight has returned to public sector in-house teams following the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s approval of the first two ABSs for county council legal teams. Last week Buckingham County Council became the first public sector legal department, in conjunction with Milton Keynes Fire Authority, to be licensed to provide legal services to local authorities, emergency […]

Conyers advises on the offering of $275m 8.50 per cent senior notes due 2022

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda advice to Viking Cruises Ltd in connection with the offering of $275m (£164m) aggregate principal amount of its 8.50 per cent senior notes. These will be issued as additional notes under the indenture together with the $250m aggregate principal amount of existing 8.50 per cent senior notes due 2022, issued on 19 […]

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