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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 […]


A feast of data

The Lawyer UK 200 is now out. It’s the most comprehensive and influential report on the financial health of the UK legal market. Take a peek at some of our round-ups below. Follow the links to buy the full research, and don’t miss out. The UK Market Register: US firms storm the mid-market UK 200 […]

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Olswang at the crossroads as turnover lags peer group

UK 200 figures show that Olswang has lagged behind its TMT competitors over time, and it will shortly have to cope with the arrival of Cooley in London. With CEO David Stewart now out the door, does the firm have a plan? US technology big beast Cooley has not even launched yet in London, but […]

Olswang: a firm at the crossroads

The drum beat surrounding the much-trailed launch of US firm Cooley got a little bit louder last month following some significant disruption at its former alliance partner and one-time merger candidate Olswang. Seeing your CEO walk out the door half-way through his term doesn’t happen every day, so when David Stewart exited the Holborn TMT […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 31 October 2014

‘I don’t like liars, I don’t like cheats, I don’t like bullshitters, I don’t like schmoozers, I don’t like arse-lickers’ — the immortal words of Lord Sugar explaining his hiring policy. If The Apprentice is to be believed, the rules of getting a job are: give 110 per cent, put your balls on the line […]

Eversheds attorney presents at Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business conference

Eversheds attorney-at-law Lina Aleknaitė van der Molen has given a presentation at international conference Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business. The conference took place on 16 October 2014, at the Constitution Hall of the Lithuanian Parliament. It was attended by a large number of business people, representatives of state institutions, politicians and academics. Opening speeches were given […]

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