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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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In an attempt to boost its legal tech delivery services, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has formed a new team focused on designing innovative ways to fulfil clients’ changing needs. “CMS By Design”, led by executive partner Paul Stevens and a number of specialists, is born out of the innovation efforts that followed the merger […]

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Ashurst tempts back derivatives partner for innovation role

After just two years at the helm of Fieldfisher’s alternative legal services arm Condor, Christopher Georgiou has returned to Ashurst to help lead the firm’s delivery platform. Ahead of his move to Fieldfisher, Georgiou was a lawyer at Ashurst for 14 years from 2002 to 2016, which he joined as part of the newly-created derivatives & structured […]

What is the difference between corporate and commercial in a law firm?

In a law firm corporate and commercial are titles given to two related but usually separate groups. The distinction between the groups can differ across firms. The practice areas within corporate are closely linked and their work relates to the lifecycle of companies, as well as mergers & acquisitions. Commercial includes a broader range of […]

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