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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 Lawyer’s Top 50 US law firms in the UK revealed

The 50 largest US law firms ranked by revenue have been revealed with the publication of The Lawyer US Top 50 report. Last year was a record for US firms in the UK in terms of the total revenue they generated, with the combined turnover of the 50 largest rising by 13 per cent over […]

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Kirkland topples White & Case to take number one spot in UK

Kirkland & Ellis is now the largest US firm in the UK by revenue, The Lawyer can confirm, with the $380m turnover it generated in 2018 putting it at the number one position for the first time ever. The new data is included in the latest US Top 50 2019 report, which ranks US firms […]

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Freshfields muscles in on Macquarie’s telecoms bid

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has emerged as the second magic circle firm advising on the tussle for UK telecoms group KCom, following a competing bid made by Macquarie European Infrastructure. An announcement this morning revealed that a fund managed by Macquarie has been recommended to acquire KCom, just over a month after the Universities Superannuation Scheme […]

Raab, not Johnson, leads Tory leadership race when it comes to lawyer endorsements

Boris Johnson may be the hot favourite to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader – and Prime Minister – in the party’s leadership race, but he has so far failed to attract the initial support of Parliament’s lawyers. Initial indications suggest that Johnson has 42 supporters among the Tory MPs who will whittle down the […]

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