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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.


Registrar slates Baker Tilly for instruction of MBR&M

A High Court registrar has launched a searing attack on City firms’ billing rates after Baker Tilly brought in Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBR&M) on the administration of Cabletel Installations. Baker Tilly, the court-appointed administrator to Cabletel, was strongly criticised by Mr Registrar Baister over costs and in particular the decision to replace Cabletel’s […]

Macfarlanes loss gifts Bircham Dyson Bell with new deal

Macfarlanes has lost its place instructing P&O on its London Gateway Port development following the departure of salaried partner Eliza O’Toole. O’Toole, who has been with Macfarlanes since 1996, has left the firm to join Bircham Dyson Bell on Tuesday (3 August), taking the P&O London Gateway International Port regeneration project with her. For the […]

Forsters elevates first construction lawyer to partnership

Forsters has made up its first ever construction partner after seeing swell in instructions over the past two years. Sarah Cook has specialised in construction law since qualification and handles all aspects of non-contentious matters She is supported by a team of two other specialist construction lawyers and a dedicated support lawyer.

White & Case partners in HK Deacons battle forced to fund their own appeal

The two partners at the centre of Deacons’ successful Hong Kong High Court action against White & Case are being forced to fund the longstanding lawsuit with their own money. A capped indemnity that White & Case gave to former Deacons insolvency lawyers Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns, who joined the US firm in mid-2002, […]

A word from the wise

A blast from the past this week from Fladgate Fielder, where chairman Paul Leese was reminiscing about the good old days at the West End firm. Leese, who celebrates his 30th year at Fladgates this year, recalled how he attended a cocktail party in his early days and saw a lawyer approach the legendarily straight-talking […]

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