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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.


39 Essex St lures five barristers from Eldon

Leading common and public law set 39 Essex Street has swooped on Eldon Chambers. Five barristers led by highly-rated senior junior John Pugh-Smith – almost a fifth of the set’s tenants – will decamp from Eldon to create a 12-strong environment and planning group at 39 Essex Street in the largest single influx of practitioners […]


It is that time of year again. Salary reviews. Or rather, salary hikes. The time when law firms go like lambs to the slaughter, raising assistant salaries beyond inflation and arguably beyond common sense. Only last week, the chief executive of a large City firm shared his well-thought-out strategy with me: “We’ll do whatever Clifford […]

Cherie defies critics by using No 10 for meetings

Cherie Booth QC is continuing to hold client meetings at 10 Downing Street nearly two years after she was first criticised for using Government premises for her practice.Booth, now at Matrix Chambers, was slammed for seeing clients at Number 10 when working on the BCCI case in 2000 while at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. She […]

Innogy in-housers survive takeover

The in-house legal department at FSTE 100 utilities giant Innogy will remain intact following the takeover by German conglomerate RWE. The company’s most senior lawyer Mike Bowden will also retain his place on the board.Bowden, the company secretary and managing director of corporate services, was appointed to the board in February, just a month before […]

Irvine's motives in question as record number takes silk

113 barristers – 26.3 per cent of applicants – take silk; commercial bar fears too many silks, too little work; LCD defends number The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, is facing allegations of seeking to reform the silks system by the back door after flooding the market with a record number of new Queen’s Counsel.No fewer […]

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