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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 […]


The importance of setting out the scope of a retainer and an adviser’s duty of care

The case of Richard Gabriel v Peter Little, High Tech Design & Build Ltd, Whiteshore Associates Ltd, BPE Solicitors, BPE Solicitors LLP ([2013] EWCA Civ 1513) has highlighted the importance of engagement letters in clarifying the scope of a professional retainer. Mr Gabriel lent the sum of £200,000 to Whiteshore, secured on a property known as Building […]

Banking and Finance Litigation Update — Issue 72

This update is produced by DLA Piper’s banking and finance litigation team and contains a summary of news and legal developments that have affected the banking and finance industry over the last month. Contents Domestic banking   Domestic general   European banking   European general   International banking   International general  Press releases Click on […]


“Largest ever” SDT fines upheld at High Court

The High Court has upheld a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) decision to fine a West End firm for misconduct after letting Portsmouth Football Club use its bank account while under winding up proceedings. Mayfair firm Fuglers and its two managing partners were hit with the largest-ever fines imposed by the SDT, for enabling the club […]

Boom town

Kazakhstan keeps attracting international interest, so it’s inevitable that a host of law firms have opened up in the Central Asia powerhouse. In the last few months, Reed Smith, White & Case, Dentons and Kinstellar have all invested there. Reed Smith launches in Kazakhstan with former Dewey duo White & Case opens office in Kazakhstan […]

Jennie Gubbins, Trowers & Hamlins

Trowers & Hamlins gears up for cash call

Trowers & Hamlins is planning to issue a cash call to participating partners in response to new HM Revenue & Customs changes to the partnership tax regime. The firm plans to ask its fixed-share partners to contribute 30 per cent of the fixed element of their salary on top of the £20,000 they have already […]

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