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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.


Herbies steps up Middle East push with Abu Dhabi launch

Herbert Smith is set to open an Abu Dhabi office in January with the intention of having a Saudi Arabian presence in due course. Senior partner David Gold said the firm has already signed a lease for premises in Abu Dhabi and expects to have received its licence by the end of the year. He […]


Pannone swipes Beachcroft pair

Pannone has hired Dylan Quail as a partner and Chris Love as an assistant solicitor from Manchester rival Beachroft. Quail and Love will join Pannone’s corporate recovery team, which has profited from a successful year and has recently shored up the group with the hires of partner Amar Rashid and with partner Richard Drinkwater from […]

Hammonds’ chief seeks second term

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley has declared that he will run for a second term in office. Crossley told The Lawyer that he has made a formal announcement to the partnership proclaiming that he wishes to continue in his post after April 2008, when his current four-year term ends. “There’s still a lot to be […]

SRA defends allegations of racist investigation process

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) chief executive Antony Townsend met with MP Keith Vaz and 40 aggrieved lawyers to rebuff allegations that the SRA is racist in its investigations of black and minority ethnicity (BME) lawyers. At the heart of the allegation are figures from a 2006 internal SRA report on ethnicity and diversity, which […]

Equitable strife

Equity partnership may be many lawyers’ Holy Grail, but rushing in before considering the implications could leave you vulnerable, warns Nigel Rushton Equity partnership is the goal for many lawyers. However, there are several key financial and management issues that should be fully explained before either side signs on the dotted line. There is increasing […]

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