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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.


The cheeky little devils

Isn’t it charming how certain firms have such a collegiate atmosphere that they cannot bear to be apart from each other for even one weekend? Take Norton Rose. Two partners were invited to The Lawyer Monte Carlo as speakers. But as Norton Rose were not sending any delegates to the networking event of the year, […]

OFT report encourages public access to barristers

The long-awaited Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report into the legal profession is believed to have called for the public to be able to go directly to barristers without having to instruct a solicitor first. If the proposals are accepted then chambers could see their incomes from BarDirect spiral to around £200m a year. The […]

Shearmans forms joint venture with Stamford

Shearman & Sterling is upping its Asian profile by linking up with Singapore practice Stamford for a joint venture. Stamford is the firm that leading local lawyer Lee Suet Fern set up after she quit the Wong Partnership last year (The Lawyer, 18 December 2000). A licence is expected to be granted shortly. The Wall […]


Eversheds chief to face sex bias claim

Eversheds North East head of employment Simon Loy is being taken to an industrial tribunal by a former assistant. Applicant Richael Maclaverty used to work in the employment practice under Loy in the Newcastle upon Tyne office. She resigned last year, telling the firm she was moving to Oxfordshire. But after quitting the regional firm, […]

ING hacks in-house team

ING Barings is radically restructuring its legal department and making a raft of redundancies, including laying off the global head of legal and compliance. As part of a group-wide reorganisation, Ian Kellow, who is also managing director and general counsel, will be out of a job from April. As many as eight other roles in […]

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