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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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Turnover: £23.5m Profit per equity partner: £135,000 Equity spread: £95,000-£167,000 Net profit: £6.5m Profit margin: 28 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: No salaried partners. Revenue per lawyer: £157,000 Revenue per partner: £385,000 Revenue per equity partner: £653,000 Cost per lawyer: £113,000 Profit per lawyer: £43,000 No of partners: 61 No of equity partners: 36 No […]

Darbys – Rising 50 – 2005

Turnover: £6.5m Revenue per partner: £295,500 Revenue per lawyer: £116,100 Total number of partners: 22 Total number of fee-earners: 80 Total number of fee-earners (excluding consultants, paralegals, trainees etc): 56 Total number of support staff: 62 Office: Oxford Equity structure: Lockstep Core business: Full service Clients: HSBC, JA Pye, Kingerlee, NatWest/RBS, Oxford United FC, Royal […]

Dickinson Dees – UK 100

Turnover: £39.5m Profit per equity partner: £280,000 Equity spread: £220,000-£315,000 Net profit: £9m Profit margin: 23 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £110,000 Revenue per lawyer: £219,000 Revenue per partner: £617,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,234,000 Cost per lawyer: £169,000 Profit per lawyer: £50,000 No of partners: 64 No of equity partners: 32 No of female […]

Fountain Court – UK 100

Turnover: £27m Heads of chambers: Michael Lerego QC and Michael Brindle QC Total tenants (silks): 58(20) Door tenants: 5 Chambers contributions: 14 per cent Revenue per barrister: £423,000 Top cases last year: BCCI v Bank of England, Cable & Wireless v IBM United Kingdom, Westminister Consolidated v New York Bay International Ltd, Mahonia Ltd v […]

Competition issues form the battleground in fight for LSE

LSE tie-up with Deutsche Börse or Euronext hangs on which regulator’s lap it lands in. By Helen Power It is currently anybody’s guess as to whether the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will end up operating under a German flag or a French one, but after 200 years in British hands, it is now certain that […]

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