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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 energy market is abuzz. Bristol’s Bond Pearce recently upped its game by grabbing a five-partner energy team from Scottish giant McGrigors and opening an office in Aberdeen. The firm’s first Scottish base will home in on North Sea carbons and be staffed by partners Clare Munro Kenny Paton and Finlan Crossan. This Energy Special […]

Bond Pearce sees profit slump after panel losses

Bond Pearce sees profit slump after panel losses” />Bristol-based Bond Pearce has recorded a sharp dip in profitability, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) tumbling by 17 per cent. Equity partners at the firm will take home an average of £30,000 less each this year following a slide in PEP to £150,000 from last […]

Yankees doing dandy on FTSE

Those pesky US firms have landed yet more coveted spots on FTSE takeover attempts. Those pesky US firms have landed yet more coveted spots on FTSE takeover attempts. Weil Gotshal & Manges turned some heads earlier this year with its role for Terra Firma on the attempted acquisition of Boots, and then again on the […]

Lovells scoops green Bakers partner

Lovells has beefed up its London environmental and health & safety team with the hire of Baker & McKenzie partner Christopher Norton. Norton, currently head of Bakers’ environment and climate change practice, will lead the five-strong environmental team at Lovells. He represents the firm’s eighteenth lateral hire this year and his appointment comes seven months […]

Slaughters, Links refuse to give diversity figures as City firms make poor showing

Firms in the UK top 10 have railed against the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) research methodology despite an improved performance and a record number of firms taking part. Firms such as Linklaters and Slaughter and May continued to complain about the methodology of the research in spite of repeated requests from the Government to take […]

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