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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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Trowers & Hamlins – UK 100

Turnover: £38.7m Profit per equity partner: £255,000 Equity spread: £130,000-£300,000 Net profit: £8.6m Profit margin: 22 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £50,000 Revenue per lawyer: £317,000 Revenue per partner: £578,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,138,000 Cost per lawyer: £247,000 Profit per lawyer: £70,000 No of partners: 67 No of equity partners: 34 No of female […]

McGrigors – UK 100

Turnover: £41m (estimated to end September 2004) Profit per equity partner: £238,000 Equity spread: £140,000-£350,000 (both estimated) Net profit: £10.4m (estimated to end September 2004) Profit margin: 25 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £110,000-£140,000 Revenue per lawyer: £173,000 Revenue per partner: £788,000 Revenue per equity partner: £932,000 Cost per lawyer: £129,000 Profit per lawyer: £44,000 […]

Potter made High Court Family Division president

Lord Justice Potter has been appointed as the new president of the High Court’s Family Division. He will replace the popular Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss in April. The position of deputy head of family justice and international family justice has gone to Lord Justice Thorpe. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, said the range of issues now […]

Telecoms calling

A resurgent global telecoms sector is now fertile ground for law firms seeking new clients. Tim Schwarz urges a degree of opportunism Over the past decade, the global telecoms sector has experienced boom and bust. Now, though, a new world order is emerging that presents significant opportunities and challenges for law firms. Demise and re-emergence […]

Law Society under fire over plans for training revolution

The Law Society was last week accused of ambushing the legal profession with radical proposals to overhaul legal education. The Training Framework Review (TFR) – established four years ago to bring flexibility to the qualification process – wants to abolish the requirement for a law degree or vocational training, such as the LPC, to qualify […]

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