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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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The cream of the Continental crop: The Lawyer European Awards shortlist 2019

Lawyers from the top European firms will converge on Grosvenor House on Tuesday 19th March 2019, for The Lawyer European Awards – an unrivalled celebration of excellence across the Continent. The shortlist, published today, spans firms large and small, from European giants to specialist boutiques. Last year Danish firm Kromann Reumert was crowned European Law […]

Hogan Lovells promotions sway in favour of Europe in 30-strong round

Hogan Lovells has made up six London associates to partner, in the first round since 2013 in which there have been more promotions in continental Europe than the US. The London lawyers are part of a class of 30 new partners that the firm has made up worldwide. The six include Katie Gill, a banking associate, […]

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Clifford Chance’s European investment pays off as Continent catches up with London

Continental Europe was the highest-grossing arm of Clifford Chance’s international footprint over 2017/2018, the first time the region has overtaken the UK figures in four years. The magic circle firm’s latest LLP accounts have revealed that its offices on the Continent generated £538m of the firm’s global turnover of £1.6bn, above the UK total of […]

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