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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 […]


Osborne Clarke eyes European integration with financial year shift

Osborne Clarke will switch to a December financial year-end for internal purposes as part of a move to integrate its expanded European operations. The firm is set to calculate results on a calendar-year basis from this December, bringing together the accounting systems for its UK, Italian, German and Spanish bases. The UK partnership currently operates […]


Sitting on defence

Whatever happened to the BAE-EADS deal, the lawyers were going to be okay The mooted merger of UK defence group BAE Systems and EADS, the Continental aerospace company, crash-landed last week after the companies failed to convince politicians the deal was in the interests of France, Germany, the UK and the US. But it was […]

Matthew Thompson

Offshore litigation boom is no bubble

There are good reasons why jurisdictions such as Jersey are seeing more disputes coming before the courts Earlier this month (1 October) the managing partner of Olephant Solicitors, Jan Mugerwa, claimed in an article in these pages that the offshore litigation boom would be just a bubble unless jurisdictions dump protectionism. As one of a […]

Baker & McKenzie elects new MP for China, Hong Kong and Vietnam

Baker & McKenzie has elected Hong Kong-based Paul Tan as managing partner for its China, Hong Kong and Vietnam offices. Paul Tan succeeds Poh Lee Tan, who has held the position since November 2010. It is the second time that Paul Tan has taken on this role after serving a one-year term from 1997 to […]


Ex-Dewey trainee deported in wake of firm’s collapse

A Dewey & LeBoeuf trainee in the defunct firm’s London office was forced to leave the country this summer because his visa expired, it has emerged. The trainee, an American citizen, faced deportation after failing to find another job following the US firm’s collapse earlier this year. It is understood that the trainee, whose identity […]

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