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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 […]


Freshfields names Kleiman as new Paris chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Commercial arbitration and litigation specialist Elie Kleiman – who […]

Raj Rajaratnam

US sentencing of insider dealing offences: a trend the FSA will follow?

On Thursday 13 October, Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the Galleon hedge fund, received a record sentence in the US of 11 years in prison for insider dealing. US prosecutors had sought a sentence of 25 years. Rajaratnam was also fined $10m and ordered to pay restitution of $50m.  This conviction followed no less than […]

Gillian Chapman

Links dismisses talk of employment group rift

Employment and incentives may not be the words that get most people’s hearts pumping, but for Linklaters the practice area has been a source of strife of late. Two partners have left the City team that acts for the firm’s corporate clients, including HSBC and RBS, in the past month. The Lawyer (26 September) reported that […]

David Bradley

DLA Piper confirms move to all-equity model

DLA Piper has unveiled its plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business. DLA Piper International currently has a mix of full equity, senior fixed-share equity members and fixed-share equity members, with approximately a third of all partners in each grouping. The firm is now set to launch […]


Martineau launches in Brussels as it ramps up energy focus

Martineau senior partner Andrew Whitehead is to launch the firm in Brussels after signing a strategic collaboration with German law firm, Becker Büttner Held (BBH). Whitehead, who currently heads the firm’s energy practice, will transfer to Brussels along with partners Peter Manford, who heads the firm’s commerce group and James Dilley, who leads the competition […]

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