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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.


Freshfields under fire as new age claim emerges

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is preparing to fight more than one discrimination case as another former partner files a claim. Freshfields’ former corporate partner Lois Moore, who is now at Shearman & Sterling, has filed a claim against the magic circle firm, while at least one other former partner has also consulted solicitors about a potential […]

Hammonds advises on Brum football deal

Hammonds has acted on its second Premier League football deal in a fortnight, advising Hong Kong tycoon Carson Yeung Ka-Shing on his purchase of a third of Birmingham City FC. The firm advised Ka-Shings’ GrandTop International Holdings, a small-scale clothing company with an annual turnover of less than £5m, on the acquisition of 29.9 per […]

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 […]

Travers Smith pushes PEP past £800K

Travers Smith has posted a 15 per cent increase in both its average profit per equity partner (PEP) and turnover. PEP for the year 2006-07 came in at £810,000, with turnover at £78.3m. Chris Carroll, managing partner at Travers, said the results are a strong reflection of booming market conditions over the past 12 months […]


Law Society to pay £100,000 to miners

The Law Society will pay out up to £100,000 to sick miners after their law firms provided inadequate professional services in relation to the British Coal compensation scheme. The society has taken the extraordinary step after one or two solicitors firms deferred paying the miners until after their hearings before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). […]

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