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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 […]


Dispute resolution

Simmons & Simmons was named as winner of the Legal Innovation in Dispute Resolution category in 2011 and 2010 and the winner of Innovation in Anti-bribery and Corruption. FT Innovative Lawyer Awards. We offer the full range of litigation, arbitration and other dispute resolution services. We also have highly regarded specialist, contentious regulatory and crime, […]


Hot 100: Stephen Parkinson, Kingsley Napley

As head of criminal litigation at Kingsley Napley, Stephen Parkinson’s (scroll down for video interview) prior case list reads like a who’s who of modern UK political affairs. He has represented three former prime ministers: Margaret Thatcher and John Major during the BSE Inquiry and Tony Blair and the rest of No 10 during the […]


Ashurst moves towards greater alignment in Oz but denies partner cuts

Ashurst’s Australia managing partner John Carrington has maintained that the firm’s partner headcount will not change “in any substantial way” as he deflects reports of a major partnership cull in the jurisdiction. Carrington declined to comment specifically on claims that the firm was planning to cut up to 50 equity partners in Australia but said […]

Top of equity at Norton Rose breaks £1m mark as fees and profit rise

Norton Rose’s highest earning partner took home more than £1m in 2011/12 – the most that has ever been paid to a member at the firm since it became an limited liability partnership. According to the firm’s LLP account, Norton Rose’s highest paid partner received £1.021m in 2011/12. In 2010/11 the highest paid partner got […]

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Cobbetts: market expresses sadness but little surprise

Senior lawyers at other regional firms have suggested that a lack of clear strategy and failure to capitalise on rapid growth in 2003 and 2004 may have contributed to Cobbetts’ financial difficulties. Sources said they were saddened by the news that Cobbetts was going into administration (30 January 2013), but added that, following the collapse […]

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