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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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Legal aid climate puts paid to Peel Court

Manchester-based common law set Peel Court Chambers, headed by Northern Circuit leader Richard Marks QC, is to ­disband as a result of the legal aid crisis. Manchester-based common law set Peel Court Chambers, ;headed ;by Northern Circuit leader Richard Marks QC, is to ­disband as a result of the legal aid crisis.The chambers, which at the time […]

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SRA hits out at Law Soc review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has attacked the Law Society for over-stepping its remit in launching a potentially dramatic review into the regulation of the legal profession. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has attacked the Law Society for over-stepping its remit in launching a potentially dramatic review into the regulation of the legal profession. The Law […]

A&O revisits HSBC tower sale with debt refinancing brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored the lead role on a deal to refinance the debt from the sale of the UK’s most expensive building, the HSBC Skyscraper at Canary Wharf. The ;mandate ;came through after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. HSBC called on Freshfields in May last year when it […]

Fladgate

West End firm Fladgate showed its confidence for the future with the decision this year to into a new office for the first time in its 248-year history. It will take on an extra 10,000ft of space in Great Queen Street. With steady, if unspectacular, financial results for 2007/08, the firm has every reason to […]

Crunch widens law firm gap

What an astonishing month it’s been. What an astonishing month it’s been. For most law firms these convulsions of capitalism have resulted in redundancy programmes, questions over the safety of money in client accounts, the realisation that the January partnership tax bill is alarmingly close, and, as we report this week, worries over property exposure […]

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