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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 […]


Exclusivity clause ban is no end to zero-hours contracts matter, says Eversheds

Eversheds partner Simon Rice-Birchall has commented on Vince Cable’s announcement in relation to zero-hours contracts (ZHCs). He noted that pressure has been mounting on the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) for some time to prevent the negative consequences associated with some ZHCs, hence the government’s announcement of new legislation (in the Small Business, Enterprise and […]

RPC and Joanna Lumley triumph at The Lawyer Awards

The 20th anniversary of The Lawyer Awards, in association with Travelers, took London’s Grosvenor House Hotel by storm last night, with those attending being rewarded with the promise of a kiss by the evening’s host, Joanna Lumley. Trailblazing firm RPC was the ultimate victor, taking home the Law Firm of the Year gong in recognition […]

TL Awards

Excellence breeds diversity in 20 years of The Lawyer Awards

A full two decades ago, The Lawyer launched its first-ever awards. They were billed as being devoted to finding excellence in the legal profession, and 20 years on, the same applies. Back then, the categories on offer were very different, but the firms entering were surprisingly similar. Some (Booth & Co and Stephens Innocent) have […]

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