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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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Hadef cuts six from lawyer line-up as firms reassess Middle East strategies

United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm Hadef Al Dhahiri & Associates, which has rebranded as Hadef & Partners, has laid off six corporate finance lawyers as it bids to reposition itself during the downturn. Sadiq Jafar The cuts were made over the past six months with the firm also looking to relocate various lawyers between its […]

Cains wins prestigious Queen’s Award

Offshore firm Cains has been presented with a Queen’s Award Offshore firm Cains has been presented with a Queen’s Award. Cains managing director Andrew Corlett said: “The Queen’s Award recognises the contribution we’ve made in recent years both to international trade and, indirectly, to the Isle of Man’s development as an international finance centre.” The […]

Budget spurs on Wilsons’ London plans

The introduction of a 50 per cent tax rate in last week’s Budget is accelerating the expansion plans of Salisbury firm Wilsons. The introduction of a 50 per cent tax rate in last week’s Budget is accelerating the expansion plans of Salisbury firm Wilsons. The firm’s managing partner Jonathan Stephens said the tax changes will […]

Mishcon adds two rungs to career ladder

West End firm Mishcon de Reya has created two new positions in the pathway to partnership following an 18-month review of its career structure. The role of legal director has been created as a ­precursor to partnership and the firm has introduced a formal associate role. Until now lawyers at the firm, which has a […]

Ward Hadaway puts Manchester office launch on back-burner

Ward Hadaway has shelved plans for a ­Manchester office launch, preferring to ride out the recession before making a firm commitment. The North East firm planned to launch the office this year, but a source close to the firm said it now hoped to move forward with the plan in 2010. “Launching any office is a challenge, particularly at the […]

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