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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.


Addleshaws halves promotions

Addleshaw Goddard has halved its partner promotions from 2004-05, with five associates promoted to partner for the new financial year. The firm’s corporate, real estate, projects, property litigation and employment practices all received one new partner each. Last year the firm promoted ten to the partnership, with corporate and litigation both receiving three promotions, while […]

The North West

The end for James Chapman & CoThere has been speculation for ages about the fate of James Chapman & Co. The long-established Manchester firm had a nice line in insurance work, but suffered after being dropped from the Axa panel in 2004. Work coming from the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) had also been dropping off […]

Norton Rose to rival magic circle on NQ pay

Norton Rose is increasing newly-qualified pay to £55,000 in a move designed to ensure the firm offers competitive associate and trainee salaries. Newly-qualified lawyers will see their pay rise from £50,000, bringing pay at Norton Rose close to the £55,100 announced earlier today by Linklaters. The firm is also raising first-year trainee pay to £30,000 […]

XXIV enjoys 16 per cent turnover hike

Chancery set XXIV Old Buildings is celebrating a 23 per cent rise in revenue per barrister, posting an average income of £434,000 for each of its 29 members. The set saw turnover rise by 16 per cent to £12.6m in 2005-06. But the loss of Roger Kaye QC to the Chancery and Mercantile Court in […]

Three new female partners for Beachcrofts

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has made up three partners, all female, in its smallest round of promotions for three years. The new partners are based in London and Leeds and see the firm strengthen some of its core practice areas. In Beachcrofts’ core insurance sector, London-based injury risk solicitor Paula Jefferson becomes a partner. She is joined by […]

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