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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 […]


Lloyds Bank

Revealed: Lloyds puts litigation unit out to tender as in-house teams merge

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) is pushing ahead with plans to outsource its retail & wealth and asset finance litigation teams amid changes to the structure of its legal department. The bank had been talking to panel firms about outsourcing the teams over the summer (29 July 2013), with Irwin Mitchell understood to be leading the […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 3rd November 2013

Cyber attacks and breaches of online security currently seem to be emerging faster than fireballs in a Godzilla film. Yet you don’t expect the UK government – let alone its justice ministry – to be caught with its pants down. Yet that’s exactly what happened when details of all 1,182 prisoners at Her Majesty’s Prison […]

The Liquidity Coverage Ratio proposal — questions and answers

On 24 October 2013, the Federal Reserve, followed on 30 October by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), released a proposed rule that would apply a Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) to certain US banking organisations. Currently, US banking regulations do not impose a quantitative liquidity requirement on […]


Law firms get great value at the Co-op

Advisers get stuck into the disentangling task, to unhitch troubled bank from group ‘Here for you for life’ reads the Co-op’s slogan. It probably doesn’t feel quite that way for its legal advisers at the moment. As the Co-op Group and the Co-op Bank continue their elaborate £1.5bn disentangling effort, details are emerging of the […]

Clyde & Co’s China dreams

Clyde & Co has launched in China’s third city, Chongqing. However, other firms have found it a harder task to bulk up as the Chinese market can be challenging. You can read about their testing times by clicking on the links below. Clydes breaks new ground in China with Chongqing joint venture The China paradox […]

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