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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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The private equity funds market in London has been raided and invaded by US firms of late, so what has been the impact? The past few years have not been exactly kind to the private equity market, with little sign things are picking up much after the 2008 crash. A recent report by Preqin shows […]

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Field Fisher’s debt rose by over 350 per cent in last financial year, LLPs show

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) net debt increased by more than 350 per cent to £3.3m in the 2011/12 financial year, the firm’s latest LLP accounts show. The figure, stated in accounts filed this week at Companies House, rose from £727,000 in 2010/11. That meant the firm was £4.2m overdrawn at the last year-end, with the […]

Louise Hadland

Louise Hadland

Hadland is the firm’s HR director and as such is responsible for ensuring that the strategic profile of the firm’s staff is best suited to delivering its stated goals and objectives. Before joining Shoosmiths in May 1999, Hadland worked in personnel management for the Volkswagen Group UK, building an HR specialisation on a general management […]

Craig Walker

Walker, Craig

Craig Walker specialises in dispute resolution. He is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes for corporate and individual clients including contractual and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, fraud and asset tracing and insolvency. A substantial part of his practice involves contentious general property and landlord and tenant matters for clients including major property owning […]

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Taylor Wessing saw UK profits increase by 20 per cent in 2011/12

Profits at Taylor Wessing’s UK LLP increased by almost 20 per cent in the 2011/12 financial year, according to the firm’s consolidated accounts. The firm, which posted an international gross turnover of £212.5m, generated UK fee income of £97.4 in 2011/12, a rise of 10 per cent from £88.5m in 2010/11. Its net assets increased […]

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