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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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LG tops AIM charts for the first time

This month saw LG make its debut at the top of the rankings for AIM advisers. This month saw LG make its debut at the top of the rankings for AIM advisers. LG is now only the third firm to have topped the quarterly table since Hemscott began ranking law firms by AIM clients four […]

Legal solutions to illegality on the seas

The problem of high seas piracy, its causes and possible solutions, has become an increasingly high-profile staple of the international media in recent months. The problem of high seas piracy, its causes and possible solutions, has become an increasingly high-profile staple of the international media in recent months. Primarily this is due to the vast […]

Brabners institutes management rejig

Brabners Chaffe Street has restructured its management, with Michael Brabner stepping down as managing partner after 15 years in the role. Brabner’s role will be taken over by former Manchester head Mark Brandwood. He will also continue in his role as a corporate fee-earner. Clients include Kinetic, Cooke Group and ServiceSource. Brabner will in turn […]

Two-way feat

A recently established treaty has eased the passage for investors operating between Asia and Europe. By Frédéric Feyten and Chokri Bouzidi Earlier this year Luxembourg and Hong Kong put into motion a double taxation treaty offering international investors an interesting tax planning tool for investing into or out of Asia. Structuring investments through these locations […]

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O’Kane promoted to head Peters & Peters’ fraud dept

Fraud and regulatory boutique Peters & Peters has promoted Michael O’Kane to lead its fraud practice. Fraud and regulatory boutique Peters & Peters has promoted Michael O’Kane to lead its fraud practice. O’Kane joined the 12-partner firm in 2002 from the Crown Prosecution Service, where he was a prosecutor, and within two years he was […]

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