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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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Conyers advises DSV on its proposed $1.35bn take private of UTi Worldwide

Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised DSV A/S (DSV) on its agreement to acquire UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW) (“UTi”). The take private transaction, which is to be implemented by way of a British Virgin Islands statutory merger and is subject to approval by UTi shareholders and regulatory approvals, is valued at approximately $1.35bn. The […]

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Firebrands are a firm’s best friend

And there goes another Scottish independent. McClure Naismith’s decision to call in the administrators in August was the third sad ending of its kind, following Semple Fraser in 2013 and Tods Murray, bought by Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2014.

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‘Harry Potter’ lawyer Lord Harley to face Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

A lawyer criticised for appearing in court looking like “something out of Harry Potter” is to be hauled up in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in November. The exact allegations levied by the SRA against Alan Blacker, who used the name Lord Harley during the Cardiff Crown Court incident, have not yet been […]

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DLA Piper doubles Hamburg office with 20-lawyer team from Bird & Bird

DLA Piper has added a team of 20 lawyers including five partners to its Hamburg office from Bird & Bird. The entire team is understood to have originally joined Bird & Bird from Hogan Lovells in 2011. The partners named in the move are TMT partner Stefan Engels, corporate partners Jörg Paura and Daniel Weiss, IP […]

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