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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.


Herbert Smith advises e-bank

Herbert Smith and Irish firm Arthur Cox are advising on what they claim will be the first global online bank. Herbert Smith, in conjunction with Spanish law firm Uria & Menendez, is advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and the largest European and South American-quoted internet company, Terra Networks. The bank and the internet company are […]

Law firms waste money on poor marketing according to survey

Law firms have miscalculated their marketing strategies and are wasting vast amounts of money on them, according to a new survey. The report, produced by corporate branding specialists Springpoint, also reveals that there is little differentiation between the top six law firms and that business is dependant on the people and the relationships that clients […]

Stanbrooks lures lawyers from closed Belgian firm

Stanbrook & Hooper and Bird & Bird have benefited from the break-up of Belgian firm Cannart Andre-Dumont Erkelens Goethals. Brussels-based Stanbrooks has lured two of the firm’s partners – Emmanuel de Cannart d’Hamale and Hubert Andre-Dumont – and four associates to set up its Belgian corporate and commercial department. Another Cannarts partner, Catherine Erkelens, has […]


The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, last week overturned a landmark High Court decision that the minimum wage applies to pupil barristers. The Court of Appeal has ruled that pupils over 26 should not be entitled to the minimum wage. The original High Court action was brought by Rebecca Edmonds, a pupil at 23 Essex […]

It's been a bad week for…

Arthur Farrer, former partner at Farrer & Co, the Queen’s firm of solicitors. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham said Farrer had breached the 1989 Firearms Act by telling his 81-year-old mother where he kept the keys to his gun cupboard. The police never suggested that his mother has handled the guns or “expressed any […]

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