Freshfields’ leaky partnership pours cold water on restructuring boasts

Partner departures have in recent months become a regular feature of life at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with several leaving 65 Fleet Street to take advantage of favourable pension terms.

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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.


Dewey first to hike UK associate salaries

Dewey Ballantine is the first US firm to announce that its recent pay hike for associates will apply firmwide, including in London. Dewey last night confirmed that it would match the rate set earlier this week by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett for its New York-based associates, with first year associates receiving a base salary of […]

DLA Piper brings in new face for Emea push

DLA Piper is pushing its new trade group across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) with a lateral hire from UK lobbying group the UK Food and Drink Federation. Sarah Salmond will join as a senior consultant, the second senior lateral hire the team has made in six months from outside private practice. Last […]

Isle of Man

A Privy Council case heard in the Isle of Man has helped to clarify certain aspects of international insolvency law regarding cross-border cases. Robert Long reports

India Bar Council softens stance on liberalisation

The UK-India Joint Economic and Trade Committee (Jetco) legal talks have made a dramatic breakthrough as India’s official legal body, the Bar Council of India, has joined negotiations on liberalisation. Earlier this month (15-20 January), the UK Jetco legal team, which consists of the Law Society of England and Wales, Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford […]

What knot to wear

The knots one can get oneself into in these sartorially disparate days. Evidence of the clothing conundrums was on show at The Lawyer‘s recent Hot 100 party. Despite being tagged as ‘hot’, there remains immense pressure on those warmer-than-usual shoulders to strike the right fashion note, even for those who were nominated in the distant […]

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