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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.


Bond Pearce – UK 100

Turnover: £36.8m Profit per equity partner: £210,000 Equity spread: £164,000-£233,000 Net profit: £9.3m Profit margin: 25 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: Average of £96,000 for fixed share partners. Revenue per lawyer: £158,000 Revenue per partner: £603,000 Revenue per equity partner: £1,022,000 Cost per lawyer: £118,000 Profit per lawyer: £40,000 No of partners: 61 No of […]

Reed Smith – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £17.2m/£269m UK/global PEP: £381,000/£341,000 UK/global revenue per lawyer: £239,000/£303,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £500,000/£1.2m Global revenue per equity partner: £1.3m UK/global number of partners: 14(33)/ 212 UK/global number of lawyers: 72/887 UK number of staff: 116 UK/global leverage ratio: ?1:4.1/1:3.1 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:8.2 Equity structure: Merit-based. Partners assessed […]

3-4 South Square – UK 100

Turnover: £22.5m Head of chambers: Michael Crystal QC and Lord Alexander of Weeden QC Total tenants (silks): 44 (16) Door tenants: 12 Chambers contributions: 11.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £480,000 Top cases last year: BCCI/Bank of England; BCCI/Bank of America; Enron; Deacons/White & Case; Spectrum Plus. No of appearances in House of Lords: 10 […]

New Paris head for Ashurst

Ashurst has chosen young corporate partner Frédéric Pinet to replace its outgoing Paris managing partner Christopher Crosthwaite. Pinet, aged just 38, becomes one of the French market’s youngest managing partners. He was selected by his fellow Paris partners and his appointment was confirmed by Ashurst’s international managing board. As part of his new role, Pinet […]

Richards Butler in US merger bid with NY’s Proskauer Rose

Merger could create £300m-turnover international powerhouse as Proskauer seeks to add London to NY, Paris offerings Richards Butler has entered merger talks with New York firm Proskauer Rose after several years of looking for a US tie-up. The City firm has made transatlantic capability a strategic priority as part of its repositioning as a disputes […]

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