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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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Dentons tie-up aids entry into Lebanon

DENTON Wilde Sapte is to launch in Lebanon through an association with local firm Chedid Law Offices. The move marks an attempt by Dentons to get a foot in the door on post­conflict reconstruction and major projects work in what has traditionally been a French sphere of influence. Safwan Moubaydeen, who runs Dentons’ associate office in Amman, Jordan, said that an improved political situation […]

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Pannone senior partner Kingsley leaves firm after three decades

Pannone senior partner Joy Kingsley is leaving the Manchester firm after 32 years to join local rival JMW Solicitors. Kingsley will leave Pannone in June and become senior partner at the £9m turnover firm from September, in what is a newly created role there. JMW managing partner Bill Jones said: “JMW is at the forefront […]

Milbank launches European antitrust practice with SJ Berwin hire

SJ Berwin has lost its German head of EU and competition after Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy swooped for Alexander Rinne to launch its own European antitrust practice. Rinne, who will be joined at Milbank’s Munich office by associates Andreas Boos and Tatjana Muehlbach, has been with SJ Berwin since 2001. The departure leaves the […]

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Bakers gives Senior third term as London head

Baker & McKenzie London managing partner Gary Senior has been reelected for a third term at the helm. Corporate lawyer Senior first took on the managing partner role in 2003 and is nearing the end of his second three-year term. His third term will begin in September. Going into his second term in 2007 Senior […]

Willkie Farr turns to Kaye Scholer for restructuring partner duo

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has strengthened its bankruptcy and restructuring department with the hire of heavy-hitting Kaye Scholer partner Margot Schonholtz. Schonholtz was a former super-point partner at Clifford Chance, where she was head of insolvency and restructuring, until joining Kaye Scholer as part of a five-partner team in 2005 (21 February 2005). At Kaye […]

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