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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 […]

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Collyer Bristow gives John Brown Media advice on sale to Dentsu Aegis

The acquisition by Dentsu, the world’s fourth largest advertising agency, was completed for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition by Dentsu, the world’s fourth largest advertising agency, was completed for an undisclosed amount. The Collyer Bristow team was led by Ragavan Arunachalam (corporate and commercial), supported by Robert Andrews, James Kearns and Nichola Leach , along with Alex O’Connor (real estate), Patrick […]

Barclays

CC and SullCrom advise on Barclays record $2.3bn penalty fine over forex rigging

Clifford Chance and Sullivan & Cromwell have taken lead roles on advising Barclays in relation to its $2.3bn (£1.4bn) foreign exchange manipulation penalty fine – the largest fine of the six global banks to settle with global financial regulators on Wednesday (20 May). The settlement was led by the US Department of Justice but Barclays […]

Supreme Court grants permission to appeal in ‘minimum income requirement’ case

The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal in MM (Lebanon) and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department. The case deals with immigration rules which require that, before British nationals or other persons lawfully settled in the UK can sponsor a foreign spouse (or partner, including a same-sex partner) from outside of the European […]

money

BLP reports 22 per cent PEP rise with turnover up 6 per cent to £259m

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) turnover increased by 6 per cent to £259m for the 2014/15 financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) rebounding to £659,000. BLP also cleared its bank debt and ended the year with a positive cash balance of £12m. This year results see a continued return to growth following a […]

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