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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.


Hewitsons – UK 100

Turnover: £18m Profit per equity partner: £225,000 Equity spread: £182,000-£240,000 Net profit: £7.3m Profit margin: 41 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: N/A Revenue per lawyer: £153,000 Revenue per partner: £360,000 Revenue per equity partner: £563,000 Cost per lawyer: £91,000 Profit per lawyer: £62,000 No of partners: 50 No of equity partners: 32 No of female […]

A&O scoops Standard Chartered work

Allen & Overy (A&O) has muscled in on longstanding Slaughter and May client Standard Chartered after the magic circle firm scooped an instruction to advise the bank on a major acquisition in Korea. A&O is advising Standard Chartered on the $3.3bn (£1.75bn) acquisition of Korea First Bank (KFB), the country’s seventh-largest bank, from KFB Newbridge […]

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £21m/£244m UK/global PEP: £764,000/£1.1m UK/global revenue per lawyer: £553,000/£539,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £1.9m/£1.9m Global revenue per equity partner: £2.4m UK/global number of partners: 11/103 UK/global number of lawyers: 38/453 UK number of staff: 24 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:2.4/1:3.3 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:2.1 Equity structure: Modified lockstep. Range stretches […]

No half measures at Wetherspoon as it brings legal expertise in-house

National pub operator JD Wetherspoon has appointed Clare Eames to the position of legal director. Eames was previously a partner at the Hertford-based law firm McLellans, where she was responsible for the licensing and regulatory department. She will be responsible for a team of eight legal staff at the company’s head office in Watford. Eames […]

7 King’s Bench Walk – UK 100

Turnover: £19.4m Head of chambers: Gavin Kealey QC and Julian Flaux QC. Total tenants (silks): 39 (9) Door tenants: Eight Chambers contributions: 10-12 per cent Revenue per barrister: £497,000 Top cases last year: Barings; Glencore v Metro Trading; Hatfield Rail disaster; BP v National Union Fire Insurance Co; Film Finance litigation. No of appearances in […]

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