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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.


DLA Piper looks to Bucharest for full CEE coverage

DLA Piper is drawing up plans to launch an office in Bucharest to complete its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) practice with a Romanian opening. This year alone the firm has opened up in Warsaw, Poland’s capital, and Bulgarian capital Sofia, taking advantage of a high level of economic activity in the region. CEE regional […]

BBC lawyer returns to join RPC partnership

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired BBC in-house lawyer Jaron Lewis as a partner. Lewis, who has previously worked at RPC, rejoins after seven years at the BBC as a member of the media practice, which is headed by Liz Hartley. Hartley and Lewis both joined RPC in 1997, having left DJ Freeman to help […]


Jeffrey Kerr: Peta

Peta general counsel Jeffrey Kerr leads his legal team fearlessly into battle with politicians, corporates and anyone else who threatens animal welfare. By Malar Velaigam Back in the early 1990s, newly qualified lawyer Jeffrey Kerr attended a lecture in the US titled ’Did your Food have a Face?’”I was actually going to another lecture, but […]

Irwin Mitchell lands victory against Parole Board

Irwin Mitchell has scored a landmark High Court victory, resulting in the ruling that the Parole Board of England and Wales is not sufficiently independent from the Government to decide whether prisoners are lawfully detained. The case, brought by four prisoners, questioned whether the Parole Board should determine detainees’ sentences due to its ties with […]

Pregnant partners need a fair profit share

While law firms have spent a great deal of time ensuring their profit share arrangements comply with new age discrimination rules, many have not yet addressed the risk of claims by part-time or pregnant female equity partners for unfairly reduced profit shares. Typical examples include paying a lower percentage of the profit share to a […]

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