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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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VimpelCom GC: Steppe ladder

A fascination with Russia since the 1990s has paid off for Jeffrey McGhie, now group GC at Russian telecoms giant VimpelCom They say it is at moments of decision that your destiny is shaped, and that is certainly true in the case of VimpelCom group general counsel Jeffrey McGhie. His decision to study Russian for […]

Direct access bar payment scheme launches with 10 chambers on board

A number of chambers have signed up to the new Barco initiative, which has now been approved by the FSA. The service, introduced by the Bar Council, is a secure third-party holding escrow account, which is designed to make direct access to the bar easier. Existing rules under the code of conduct prevent barristers from […]

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Continental Capital Markets v GFI Holdings & Ors

Continental Capital Markets SA v GFI Holdings Ltd & Ors November, 25-30 days, Commercial Court For the claimant Conticap: Rosenblatt partner Laura Clatworthy, instructed 11KBW’s Daniel Oudkerk QC to lead 11KBW’s Amy Rogers and Essex Court Chambers’ David Craig, instructed by Clatworthy For the defendant GFI Brokers: Blackstone Chambers’ Paul Goulding QC Blackstone Chambers’ Tristan […]

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AstraZeneca Insurance v XL Insurance & Ace Bermuda Insurance

AstraZeneca Insurance Company Ltd v XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd and Ace Bermuda Insurance Ltd 14-17 January, Commercial Court For the claimant AstraZeneca Insurance Company Ltd: Essex Court Chambers’ Paul Stanley QC leading Henderson Chambers’ Geraint Webb instructed by DAC Beachcroft partners Simon Pearl, Kenneth McKenzie, Alison McAdams For the defendants XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd and […]

SFO’s legal bill for Tchenguiz investigation hits £1.3m

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) spent more than £1.3m in legal costs on its doomed investigation of the Tchenguiz brothers. The regulator partially responded to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from The Lawyer to reveal that it spent £417,000 on counsel over the last four financial years. SFO director David Green, who joined the […]

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