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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 […]


Kenneth Clarke

Grey areas remain after revision of Bribery Act guidance

Revised guidance on the Bribery Act, which will come into force on 1 July after being delayed due to widespread business concerns, has met with a mixed response from the legal sector. Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke unveiled the guidance today, detailing the safeguards businesses can put in place to prevent bribery across their organisations. Clarke […]

Howard Kennedy hire ups family focus

West End firm Howard Kennedy is attempting to kick-start the growth of a family practice with the hire of partner Juliette Peters. Peters joins the firm from rival West End outfit Quastel Midgen, where she was head of the matrimonial arm. She joins as department chief, with Miles Preston & Co solicitor Anna Stokeld joining […]

Simon Bromwich

Ashurst to rebuild US securities practice as three partners quit firm

Ashurst has confirmed that three of its London-based US securities partners are leaving the firm. A spokesperson said that Daniel Bushner, Eric Stuart and Marie Elena Angulo would shortly be leaving Ashurst, although she was unable to confirm where each of them was going. The news was first reported on legal website RollonFriday. A source […]

Lewis Silkin boosts partnership by four

Lewis Silkin has promoted four to its partnership, with three joining the employment arm. Energy and natural resources ­corporate finance senior associate Nadim Khan along with ­employment senior associates Karen Baxter, Emma Perera and Hannah Price have joined the partnership. The firm has also restructured its core practice groups, with the employment and incentives department […]

Tax relief

The recent Budget held a number of tax changes for the property sector. Looking at the details, Jonathan Legg finds that on balance it was positive From a property tax perspective there were no bombshells in the Budget, but there were a few surprises in store for the property sector, both good and bad. In […]

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