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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 […]


GE Oil & Gas – Putting the A into ADR

While standard forms of litigation or arbitration may be well suited to resolving complex, high value disputes, they can be too time consuming and expensive for the determination of low value disputes of a more routine nature. In Italy, GE Oil & Gas has adopted a pioneering form of online dispute resolution (ODR) with its […]

It’s EPP talk, not PEP talk

With back-of-the-envelope projections already being made for the end of the financial year, it’s a good time to address that collective fiction profit per equity partner (PEP). PEP, originally simply a measure, has become an agent of organisational behaviour. Lawyers know it, journalists know it and headhunters know it. And by the way, you can […]

Andrew Morton

Pannone’s white-label business hands St Johns bulk lit work

Pannone has signed up St Johns Buildings to handle commodity litigation work stemming from its white-label arm Affinity Solutions. The organisation chose the Manchester set as its referral partner after speaking with a number of chambers and will send all its low-value insurance litigation work to the set. In exchange St Johns will provide the firm’s lawyers […]

Place matters

With so many tools of communication now in use, identifying the locations of stored data and their various laws regarding disclosure is essential, say Phil Beckett and Tristan Jenkinson In our increasingly digitised world the way people interact and communicate has changed and is indeed still changing. As a result, the analysis required of communications […]

Jeremy Clarkson

High Court drives hard bargain in Tesla case against Top Gear

The High Court has ordered a US car manufacturer to amend its case against the BBC in a dispute involving Top Gear or have the claim thrown out. Carter Ruck instructed Ely Place silk William McCormick QC to pursue the case for malicious falsehood against the BBC. The broadcaster directly instructed One Brick Court’s Andrew […]

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