Latest Briefings

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.


Pannone’s profit flat after year of investment

Pannone has exceeded its turnover target for 2006, bringing in £39m for the last financial year after heavy recruitment. The result is an increase of 16 per cent from last year’s figure of £33.5m. Managing partner Joy Kingsley said that while the North West firm had not yet finalised profits, Pannone’s average profit per equity […]

Enron executives found guilty

Former Enron chief executives Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling have been found guilty of fraud. Lay, 64, and Skilling, 52, were charged with hiding the weak financial condition of the energy company that collapsed into bankruptcy amid a wave of accounting scandals in December 2001. Lay was convicted on all six counts, while Skilling was […]

Royal Bank of Scotland

Royal Bank of Scotland’s in-house overhaul has far-reaching implications for the bank’s advisers, both in and out of house. Matt Byrne talks to RBS’s legal chiefs about introducing a culture of relationship management What is the role of an in-house team? It is a question the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) senior legal team has […]

Bunfight at the A&O corral

Allen & Overy has been attacked by US firms as it tries to reform its partnership. But as its flagship banking group loses market share, is all this tinkering too little, too late? Allen & Overy ‘s (A&O) partnership retreat last October in the Marriott Hotel on the Edgware Road was a chummy affair by […]

Conyers opens eighth office with Dubai launch

Conyers Dill & Pearman has confirmed that it will open its Dubai office in July following its successful application for a licence from the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA). As first reported by The Lawyer (24 April) the firm registered at office at the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). The firm’s Middle East operation will […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more