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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 […]


Defamation and reputation management

Collyer Bristow LLP is a leader in the field of reputation management. We have a team of specialist lawyers whose collective experience covers some of the most ground-breaking and eye-catching cases.

Senior investigative patent attorney from US ITC joins Allen & Overy’s IP practice

Allen & Overy has announced that Matthew Bathon, an intellectual property (IP) lawyer specialising in litigating section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), has joined the firm’s global intellectual property practice as senior counsel in the Washington DC office. He joins Allen & Overy from the ITC, where he served as a senior investigative attorney in […]


Industrial disease firm Roberts Jackson receives £15m private equity injection

Cheshire-based industrial disease specialists Roberts Jackson has received a £15m cash injection from private equity firm NorthEdge Capital. On 30 May the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) granted Roberts Jackson an alternative business structure (ABS) licence. The ABS came into effect on 17 July enabling the private firm not only to invest in the business but […]


Freshfields takes the lead as Liberty Global continues telecoms charge

What with the IPO market taking flight, and a couple of massive pharma deals hogging the spotlight, it’d be easy to forget that for many companies it’s business as usual. In the world of telecommunications, Liberty Global is continuing its gradual march across Europe. Having already hoovered up the likes of Dutch cable company Ziggo […]

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