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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 […]


Hunton & Williams partner losses spark redundancy round

US firm Hunton & Williams has confirmed it has made nine staff redundant in its London office following a spate of partner exits which have seen the firm’s City base shrink by more than 60 per cent over the past three months. London managing partner Bridget Treacy said the redundancies included one counsel, two associates […]


Camerons spurned City for a cheaper address

CMS Cameron McKenna turned down a building in the heart of the legal district for its new City offices in favour of a cheaper alternative in Shoreditch. The news comes after Hackney Council granted planning approval for ­property developer Hammerson’s £500m Principal Place development north of Bishopsgate, which the firm plans to move into in […]

Paul Newton

Medic aide: Paul Newton, Bupa

Healthcare specialist Bupa’s general counsel Paul Newton is keeping the pressure on his panel firms. For general counsel Paul Newton, maintaining competitive tension in the legal panel is key to Bupa’s success. That’s why he has been busy drawing up plans for a benchmarking exercise looking at spend on its top ten advisers to ensure […]

Nick Syson, Linklaters

Senior, junior or in the middle: the battle goes on

IMO, European Directories and WorldPay have done little to sort out intercreditor disagreements. Linklaters” src=”Pictures/web/c/c/i/Syson_150.jpg” /> Nick Syson, Linklaters It all used to be so beautifully binary. In the 1990s, workout ­battles were usually between the company and its banks. But that was before the complex financing arrangements associated with the leveraged market became the […]

Sitting pretty

Joanne Harris dissects the most recent rankings of offshore firms’ listed clients As a number of recent high-profile capital markets ­transactions have high-lighted, the use of offshore ­structures as holding ­companies for ­listings on the world’s main stock exchanges is common. Offshore lawyers believe this is a trend set to accelerate, as turning to Channel Islands or […]

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