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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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Allen & Overy

A&O braced for potential losses from surplus office space in the City

After a change in subtenants in the last financial year, Allen & Overy (A&O) has estimated that it could be set to lose over £20m from unused office space in its London HQ. The firm has included an “exceptional item” charge of £21.1m in its most recent LLP accounts, to cover both the loss that […]

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Linklaters and Deloitte join crowdfunding venture to find the next Monzo

Linklaters and Deloitte have partnered up with the crowdfunding platform that propelled digital bank Monzo to stardom to launch a new investment programme aimed at supporting financial inclusion startups. The project is helmed by platform Crowdcube, which recently saw challenger bank Monzo, now valued at £1bn, raking in £20m in a crowdfunding campaign that lasted […]

Baker McKenzie

Rare loss for White & Case as Bakers hires capital markets duo

Baker McKenzie has taken on two new partners from White & Case’s London office, after a series of hires into its banking and finance teams last year. Capital markets partners Rob Mathews and David Becker will join Bakers’ corporate finance practice. Both partners, who specialise in high yield, were partners at US outfit White & Case for […]

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