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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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Macfarlanes vows to be “trusted adviser” to boards on digital disruption

Macfarlanes has set out plans to take its digital advisory practice to the next level, following the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology head Mike Rebeiro earlier this year. Rebeiro, who was at Norton Rose Fulbright for nearly 18 years, was brought in to lead Macfarlanes’ digital and innovation business in February, a comparatively new […]

Charles Martin

Macfarlanes profits rocket by a quarter to hit record high

Macfarlanes has reported the highest average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure of any UK firm this year, posting a 26 per cent increase to £1.74m. The double-digit increase puts the firm’s PEP just above that of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which last week reported a 5 per cent rise to £1.73m. It is likely that […]

Allen & Overy

A&O reveals trainee retention score and boosts salaries

Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced its autumn 2018 trainee retention figures, with 80 per cent of its 46 qualifiers staying on. With a total intake of 46, 44 trainees applied to qualify, 40 of whom were offered newly qualified positions. Overall, 37 trainees accepted the offers. “This is a good result and one which […]

Karima Fahmy Grosvenor

Hot 100 career quiz: Karima Fahmy

Name: Karima Fahmy Position: General counsel Organisation: Grosvenor Estates Trained at: Lovells In the Hot 100 for: Leading Grosvenor’s legal team to help deliver a series of headline transactions. Read her full Hot 100 profile. What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I was on secondment to the Brussels office of Lovells (as it was then) […]

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