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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 […]


DWF turnover hits £60.1m in 2008-09

DWF generated turnover of £60.1m in the past financial year, a rise of nine per cent on the £55.3m it made in 2007-08. The percentage growth for the full year is marginally lower than it was at the half-year stage, when the Manchester-headquartered firm recorded growth of 12.5 per cent for the first six months […]

Lawyer 2B hosts second careers fair

The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B is this week hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth form colleges who are ­interested in training as solicitors and barristers. The Lawyer’s sister title Lawyer 2B is this week hosting a careers event for promising A-level students attending state sixth form colleges who are […]

Building bridges

In restructuring property finance, enforcement is not your only option, says Nicholas Crocker In the current economic climate the most commonly cited cause of borrower default is breach of loan to value (LTV) covenants. It has recently been said that anyone who in the last few years bought at above 70 per cent LTV is […]


Polish govt hands Linklaters Euro 2012 stadium construction gig

Linklaters has scored the lead role advising the Polish government on the construction of a new national football stadium as the venue for the opening match of the Uefa European 2012 Football Championship, which is beingco-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The government started the tender process to find a construction company to build the stadium […]

Web Week

Continuing with extracts from’s new ‘Postcard from…’ series, this week’s blogger is Anthony Raven, an energy and projects partner in Lovells’ Tokyo office. Memoirs of a lawyer Tokyo has a reputation for being vast, ­overwhelming and busy. It certainly is all of those things, but it is also a fascinating, ­exhilarating and great place […]

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