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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.


Marjorie Nunez

Lex Caribbean

Lex Caribbean was launched in 1997 in Barbados, but it is only since 1 July 2000, when the firm merged with Trinidad and Tobago’s De Nobriga Inniss & Co, that it really hit its stride. “We wanted to be the first truly integrated, pan-Caribbean commercial law firm in terms of structure and pay,” says Marjorie […]


NCH’s £18k-a-year private law degree sparks new battle of the law schools

College of Law (CoL) chief executive Nigel Savage has hit out at the UK’s newest private university, which plans to offer a law degree costing £18,000 per year. The New College of the Humanities (NCH), which is being backed by 14 celebrity academics including the likes of philosopher AC Grayling and biologist Richard Dawkins, claims […]


BLP scraps special deals for one-size-fits-all pay culture

Shift away from guaranteed deals for high-profile lateral hires Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is ditching its long-term strategy of hiring prominent partners on guaranteed pay deals in favour of a single remuneration system for all those in the equity. The firm’s willingness to dig deep for a succession of big-name hires in the past several […]


Links hauls in 21 associates in Oz recruitment spree

In one of the biggest recruitment coups of recent times Linklaters has hired 21 associates from Australia and New Zealand, just two years after it cut more than 200 jobs in London. Four Linklaters partners travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in March to interview some 50 lawyers at leading firms including Allens Arthur Robinson, […]

Blake Dawson’s Jakarta best friend bulks up with 14-lawyer team

The Indonesian associated firm of Australia’s Blake Dawson has expanded with the addition of one partner and 13 associates. Oentoeng Suria & Partners (OSP) has taken on partner Atik Susanto, who currently runs Susanto & Partners, and his team. Blake Dawson has been in association with OSP since July last year, when the firm was […]

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