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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.

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2019/20 financials: Dentons posts 4 per cent revenue drop

Dentons turnover for its UK and Middle East regions dropped 4 per cent over 2019/20, with the firm generating just over £221m. The dip follows a 13 per cent rise over 2018/19 in what was the firm’s first full financial year since its merger with Scottish outfit Maclay Murray & Spens, when revenue reached £229.8m […]

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Pinsents’ PEP falls for second consecutive year

Despite global turnover rising by four per cent over the last 12 months, profit per equity partner (PEP) at Pinsent Masons has dropped for the second year in a row. With a reduction of almost 12 per cent, Pinsents’ PEP dropped from £620,000 to £546,000 for the last financial year, representing yet another blow following last […]

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Fieldfisher set to pay bonuses in latest financial measures

Fieldfisher is set to dish out bonuses in full this year, but with cuts to partners’ monthly drawings, The Lawyer understands. It is understood that the firm is looking to pay the full amount of bonuses as a lump sum as opposed to the two installments that some firms have opted for. However, the partnership […]

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