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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.



Bakers opens new US office with Hogan Lovells team hire

Baker McKenzie has opened a new office in Los Angeles with the hire of a five-partner team from Hogan Lovells. Hogan Lovells litigation partner Barry Thompson, employment partner Robin Samuel and litigator Joe Ward will launch the firm’s office in the city. Thompson was an equity partner at legacy Hogan’s Los Angeles office for six […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Where have all the big-name private equity hires gone?

Go back a couple of years and you could not chuck a stone without hitting a high-profile private equity lawyer heading from one firm to another. The streets were thick with them, lured away from their firms by the promise of greener pastures. As one big-name partner says, “private equity was the poster boy for […]

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When I retire I’d like to take a non-exec role. How should I go about it?

The Lawyer’s Career Clinic panel advises on how law firm partners can find a fulfilling role as a non-executive director when approaching retirement. “I’m a partner nearing retirement in the next few years and am keen to keep working after I leave the firm, perhaps in a non-executive directorship (NED) role. However, I don’t really […]


William Hill’s GC on balancing regulation, the gambling boom and social responsibility

As gambling comes under ever-increasing scrutiny from regulators, internal and external colleagues offer invaluable advice to William Hill’s Michael Leadbeater William Hill is one of the UK’s largest betting companies with annual revenues of nearly £2bn. The group employs 16,000 people and has about 2,300 high street shops nationally. The FTSE 250 company has also […]

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