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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.


Celeb baiting: Paul Drummond, Quintessentially

When Paul Drummond left Norton Rose to set up exclusive members’ club Quintessentially, his colleagues at the firm thought he was mad. But with clients such as Jennifer Lopez on his books, it proved well worth the risk. Hidden away at the end of one of Soho’s lesser-known lanes is Quintessentially. If that means nothing […]


UK 200 Position: 171= Turnove… Position: 160Firm: Fishburns Turnover: £11.1mRevenue per fee-earner: £147KRevenue per lawyer: £221KRevenue per partner: £789KTotal number of fee-earners: 75Total number of qualified partners: 50Total number of partners: 14Total number of female partners: 2Total number of staff: 115

Field Fisher Waterhouse

UK 200 Position: 40 Position: 32 Firm: Field Fisher Waterhouse Turnover: £88mProfit per equity partner: £750KEarnings per partner: £317KEquity spread: £300K-£1KKNet profit: £26mProfit margin: 30 per centRevenue per fee-earner: £203KRevenue per lawyer: £250KRevenue per partner: £765KRevenue per equity partner: £2.44mTotal number of fee-earners: 434Total number of qualified partners: 352Total number of partners: 115Total number of […]

Taylor Wessing loses Nixon Peabody US court fight

Taylor Wessing loses Nixon Peabody US court fight” />Nixon Peabody today won its case against Taylor Wessing France (TWF), paving the way for 13 French partners to join the US firm. As reported by The Lawyer on Monday (15 September), the two firms had agreed to seek summary judgment from the New York State Supreme […]

Taylor Wessing v Nixon Peabody judgment due

Taylor Wessing v Nixon Peabody judgment due” />Nixon Peabody and Taylor Wessing France (TWF) will this week learn the outcome of a court case resulting from botched merger talks between the firms. The two firms agreed to seek summary judgment from the New York State Supreme Court, with judge Justice Kenneth Fisher expected to deliver […]

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