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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 […]


The Lawyer Eats

Gordon Ramsay, SW3

I’d not thought much about Clare Smyth MBE, until Restaurant Gordon Ramsay won the ultimate accolade in The Good Food Guide this year. Ten out of ten. Top marks. But Clare is not a well -known TV chef or cookbook writer and her light has been firmly hidden behind the Ramsay bushel. If you’re wondering […]


Eversheds appoints new London tax head

Eversheds has appointed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) real estate tax partner Cathryn Vanderspar as its new London tax head following the departure of Clive Jones. Jones was reported to have left the firm with international real estate head William Naunton to set up a real estate boutique. Both are currently on gardening leave, which is […]


In-house interview: Cambridge University Press GC William Bowes

Few publishing houses can compete with Cambridge University Press on history or prestige but, as general counsel William Bowes knows well, that comes with a back catalogue of challenges When William Bowes joined Cambridge University Press (CUP) in 2011 the business was at risk of becoming stifled by its own history and a raft of […]

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Linklaters relocates partner to launch Singapore disputes practice

Linklaters has kickstarted a disputes offering in Singapore, with the relocation of Hong Kong partner Jelita Pandjaitan. Pandjaitan joined Linklaters in 2005, and became partner in 2012. She has been based in Hong Kong for her entire career at the firm, but is set to join the firm’s Singapore office on Monday (10 November).  The […]

Phil Bradley and Graham Henson of No5 Chambers defend in neighbour dispute

Edward Clougher, 41, has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent after attacking his neighbour, Michael Rowland, with a machete. The incident happened following a neighbourly dispute over noisy dogs. Phil Bradley and Graham Henson of No5 Chambers defended in the dispute. On 30 August last year, Mr Rowland threatened to kill them if they did […]

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