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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 […]



Updated: UK financials show smaller firms feeling the squeeze

Smaller firms have seen a tighter squeeze on revenues compared with their peers, the latest figures coming out of The Lawyer UK200 firms reveal. The turnover table, due to be published in full in The Lawyer UK200 later this year, shows a concentration of falling revenues amid firms turning over less than £40m. While many […]


YouView head of legal: Vitale statistics

From a blank screen to being in hundreds of thousands of homes in a year, YouView is a catch-up TV phenomenon, as proud legal boss Toni Vitale is keen to emphasise He might have to compete with Lord Alan Sugar, but Toni Vitale is a smashing brand ambassador for YouView, the subscription-free catch-up service that […]

DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate looks set to receive Global Citizenship Award

The American Lawyer has announced that DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate New Perimeter will receive a lifetime achievement Global Citizenship Award as part of the publication’s inaugural Global Legal Awards. DLA Piper will be honoured at a dinner on 23 September at Gotham Hall in New York City. After receiving more than 300 nominations, the publication […]


Mergers drive growth

Consolidation pushes up revenues among the UK’s top firms, with DWF the leading beneficiary Mergers have been the driving force behind revenue growth for 2012/13. DWF is the biggest grower so far, with revenues up by 84 per cent to £188m from £102m, thanks in part to its £3.5m rescue takeover of failing Cobbetts in […]

Yahoo scoops up former legal chiefs from Yahoo!

The former general counsel and deputy general counsel of Yahoo! have joined online real estate website alongside Yahoo!’s former Asia Pacific legal head Eugene Lao. Former Yahoo! general counsel Mike Callahan joined earlier this year as chief legal officer and executive vice president based in the US company’s Silicon Valley office.  Since he […]

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