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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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Wedlake Bell – UK 100

Turnover: £16.6m Profit per equity partner: £250,000 Equity spread: £190,000-£270,000 Net profit: £4.5m Profit margin: 27 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £90,000-£120,000 Revenue per lawyer: £255,000 Revenue per partner: £474,000 Revenue per equity partner: £922,000 Cost per lawyer: £186,000 Profit per lawyer: £69,000 No of partners: 35 No of equity partners: 18 No of female […]

Opinion

The Freedom of Information Act: social revolution or most notable for its exemptions? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) went live on 1 January 2005. More than 100,000 public authorities will have to respond to ‘information access requests’ within a short timeframe, usually 20 days. Anybody can request information of any type from any public […]

Lewis Silkin – UK 100

Turnover: £19.1m Profit per equity partner: £222,000 Equity spread: £147,000-£270,000 Net profit: £6.5m Profit margin: 34 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £106,000 Revenue per lawyer: £210,000 Revenue per partner: £478,000 Revenue per equity partner: £955,000 Cost per lawyer: £138,000 Profit per lawyer: £71,000 No of partners: 40 No of equity partners: 20 No of female […]

Serle Court Chambers – UK 100

Turnover: £19m Head of chambers: Lord Neill of Bladen QC. Total tenants (silks): 45 (12) Door tenants: Three Chambers contributions: 17 per cent Revenue per barrister: £423,000 Top cases last year: Mattos v MacDaniels (the Noroeste case); Westminster City Council v Dame Shirley Porter; Speed Investments Ltd v Formula One Holdings Ltd; Re Spectrum Plus […]

Farrer & Co – UK 100

Turnover: £26.7m Profit per equity partner: £289,000 Equity spread: £200,000-£350,000 Net profit: £5.2m Profit margin: 19 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £85,000-£190,000 Revenue per lawyer: £238,000 Revenue per partner: £485,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,483,000 Cost per lawyer: £192,000 Profit per lawyer: £46,000 No of partners: 55 No of equity partners: 18 No of female […]

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