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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 […]



Salaries on the up for law firm support staff, research shows

Salaries for most business support professionals in UK law firms rose last year despite the ongoing tough economic climate, new research has found. The findings in legal market management recruitment consultancy Totum’s annual salary and benchmarking survey pointed to better pay and benefits generally for business support professionals within firms. The research also found evidence […]

Dickson Minto’s nervous wait for £1m success fee

The rumour mill tells us that Dickson Minto is about to move into the 22nd century by launching a super-modern website with individual partner profiles, but there are some ways in which the Anglo-Scottish firm is being even more zeitgeisty than its rivals. The Slaughter and May of the north, known for its flexible billing, […]

London’s Rudy awakening

Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential bid turned out to be one of the greatest US political mysteries of our time. Among the favourites when he announced his candidacy in 2006, largely on the back of his popularity in New York City, the former Big Apple mayor ended up pulling out of the Republican nomination race with […]


City sackings hit five-year high, reveals Pinsent Masons

Job losses in the City reached the highest level since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, data obtained by Pinsent Masons has revealed. The data, sourced from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) through a freedom of information request, found that a total of 1,373 financial services employees were suspended or dismissed in 2012 […]

Antitrust and EU Competition

A command of international antitrust and EU competition rules is an essential element of any successful business strategy in today’s global economy. Governing a broad range of conduct in restraint of trade — from collusive agreements among competitors and monopolistic abuse of a dominant position, to restrictive supplier or customer arrangements, joint ventures, and corporate […]

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