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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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2014’s Top 20 Cases: looking back on 2013

What happened to 2013’s cases to watch? Of the 20 cases listed as ones to watch by The Lawyer in January 2013, eight received judgment, five are ongoing and seven settled. Here’s a snapshot of the corkers. The multimillion-pound dispute between Britain’s richest man Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal, and rival Manmohan Varma saw the […]

Shoosmiths advises on £15.9m management buy-out of Virgin Wines

Shoosmiths’ Manchester corporate and banking team has advised on the £15.9m management buy-out of online wine retailer Virgin Wines, which has a significant part of its operations in the north west. The firm advised a newco backed by private equity funds Mobeus Equity Partners and Connection Capital, together with management in relation to the acquisition […]

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach hires Maria Doralt to its corporate practice in Vienna

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has announced that Maria Doralt has joined the firm’s corporate practice as a partner in Vienna. Doralt joins from Cerha Hempe Spiegelfeld Hlawatit, where she was a senior attorney providing corporate law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), cross-border transaction planning and structured finance advice.  She started her career at Goldman Sachs as an […]

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And the winning law firm is…

X Factor finalists vote on which lawyers will represent them  Contestants on hit reality TV show The X Factor and its BBC rival The Voice are not used to playing judge. Music hopefuls have to battle to impress in the final rounds, but the tables turn when the time comes to pick their own lawyers […]

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Freshfields, Pinsents and Wragges among Nine Elms winners

Over 16 law firms are advising on the new Nine Elms regeneration area on the South Bank marking one of the biggest redevelopment projects to hit London in recent years. An enormous list of firms including planning teams from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Pinsent Masons and real estate teams from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and […]

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