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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 […]


Panel appoints Allen & Overy partner to Queen’s counsel

Allen & Overy has announced the appointment of Hong Kong arbitration partner Matthew Gearing to Queen’s counsel. He is one of only five solicitor-advocates named in the roll call this year, which included the appointment of 95 barristers. Gearing will be formally appointed at a ceremony in London on 14 April 2014. Conferment of silk […]

Deferred prosecution agreements — definitive guidelines and code of conduct

Deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs), the government’s newest weapon in the fight against corporate crime, become available to prosecutors from 24 February 2014. They will widen the scope for enforcement against companies and corporate entities involved in fraud, money laundering, bribery and corruption. On 14 February 2014, the director of the Serious Fraud Office and the […]


Moves 17 February

Move of the week Simon Levine is to take over the reins from Sir Nigel Knowles at DLA Piper as new co-CEO. Levine, the firm’s present managing director for groups and sectors, is the former head of DLA’s IP and technology practice group. UK London Ex-Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) employment head Fraser Younson will join […]

Replies to commercial property standard enquiries: pitfalls to avoid

By Siobhan Doherty Pre-contract enquiries can be time consuming and look cumbersome but replies to enquiries are an important source of information for a buyer, while a seller must be aware that some stock responses can have significant legal implications. At the start of most property transactions, a prospective buyer will raise enquiries about the […]

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