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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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Shoosmiths launches fixed-priced contract analysis service called Spotlight

Shoosmiths has launched a fixed-priced contract analysis service. Called Spotlight, the service is claimed to provide a fast, reliable, systemised review of business contracts by fully trained legal advisers. Spotlight analyses a company’s business contracts and identifies the commercially critical issues affecting that company, providing common-sense solutions and suggested amendments. According to national head of commercial […]

Choosing the right trademark for your digital products

By Chris Benson Trademarks are extremely valuable forms of legal protection as they can be used to prevent third parties using identical or similar marks. They can also last forever if they continue to be used. However it is important that businesses choose the right trademarks as the wrong trade mark can give little if […]

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Linklaters and Slaughters increase lead in FTSE 100 client tables

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have extended their lead at the top of the FTSE 100 client rankings for the second quarter of 2013, despite little movement in the market. Data provided by Adviser Rankings show that the FTSE 100, FTSE 200 and Aim client tables remained largely static over the quarter running between 10 […]

Further developments in stamp duty land tax

By Niall Murphy We have previously reported on earlier court decisions considering certain aspects of the SDLT legislation. Since then a number of further decisions have been issued. The first two — The Pollen Estate Trustee Company v HMRC and HMRC v DV3 RS Limited Partnership — are decisions of the Court of Appeal, and the […]

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