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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 […]


Field Fisher Waterhouse

FFW managing partner Chissick: Back to the future

Field Fisher Waterhouse managing partner Michael Chissick has been in the top job for a little more than a year but is about to embark on a period of change as his firm thinks once more about the future. Failed merger talks, ego clashes and management changes have kept Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) looking backward […]

Eversheds successfully appeals High Court tax decision for HCC

Acting on behalf of HCC International Insurance, Eversheds has successfully appealed a High Court decision that had serious implications in relation to the scope of the duty of care owed by accountants to their clients. Hossein Mehjoo, a former owner of fashion retailer Bank, brought proceedings against his previous accountants, Harben Barker, a small firm […]

David Ryan

Pinsent Masons faces management shake-up

Pinsent Masons partners are warming up for the firm’s first contested leadership elections since incumbent managing partner David Ryan was elected in 1999. It will also be the first election since Pinsent Masons merged with McGrigors in May 2012 (6 February 2012). Both managing partner and senior partner elections had been due to take place […]

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