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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 […]


LLST chief calls for advice centre funding overhaul

With an increasing number of people joining job queues and getting their houses repossessed, the demand for free social welfare legal advice has never been greater. So it is reassuring to know that donations from the 5th London Legal Sponsored walk, which raises money for the capital’s legal advice centres, made £380,000 – the highest-ever […]

Mishcons snares Hunter for construction role

West End firm Mishcon de Reya has hired Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Simon Hunter to head its construction team. The newly created position will see Hunter head a team of three partners. At FSI, Hunter led the construction practice for three years. He specialises in contentious and non-­contentious issues and will form part of […]

Thirteen opt to defer Dentons training contracts

Thirteen future Denton Wilde Sapte trainees have taken up the firm’s offer of a payment of up to £10,000 to defer for 12 months. The firm originally contacted all future London trainees, who were due to start in September 2009, March 2010, March 2011 or September 2011 in April, inviting them to defer their start […]


Bar revolution forces QCs to mind their Ps and Qs as clients gain the upper hand

WHILE many firms have spent the last 12 months trying to insulate themselves against the recession, the Chancery Bar has been evolving into a new beast. WHILE many firms have spent the last 12 months trying to insulate themselves against the recession, the Chancery Bar has been evolving into a new beast. For commercial clients, […]


Beleaguered law students face paralegal KO

PARALEGALS are in danger of being edged out of a shrinking jobs market as recruiters offer positions to those who have had their training contracts deferred. Hannah Jackson, a senior recruitment consultant at Hays Legal specialising in placing paralegals said: “We’re only looking at candidates who have training contracts. It’s sad because you see so many cases of wasted talent who […]

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