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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.


ADR giant jams sets out stall in London; Europe, Asia next

Jams, the largest private provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in the world, is to open in ­London. The US-based organisation is currently in the final stages of completing a new strategic plan launched early in 2008. The details are yet to be thrashed out, but the decision to start rolling out the Jams […]

Tee Lorimers

Position: 148=Firm: Tee Lorimers Turnover: £1… Position: 148=Firm: Tee Lorimers Turnover: £12.2mRevenue per fee-earner: £177KRevenue per lawyer: £200KRevenue per partner: £581KTotal number of fee-earners: 69Total number of qualified partners: 61Total number of partners: 21Total number of female partners: 4Total number of staff: 210

Kirkland and Willkie power up for Constellation deal

Kirkland & Ellis and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have snared lead roles on MidAmerican Energy’s $4.7bn (£2.6bn) acquisition of Constellation Energy. A Kirkland team, led by partners George Stamas and Mark Director advised Constellation while Willkie partners Peter Hanlon, Adam Turtletaub and Laurence Weltman advised Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy. Kirkland has an existing relationship with […]


Wall St crisis? Blame SarBox

The cause of the current financial crisis on Wall Street runs much deeper and is far more complex than is commonly believed. The disastrous effects of the sub-prime mortgage fiasco is merely the final straw which broke the camel’s back. Sarbanes-Oxley, the ill-conceived, knee-jerk reaction to the accounting scandals of a few years ago, has […]

2Birds wraps up Lane & Partners merger

Bird & Bird has boosted its corporate and litigation practices, sealing a merger with 30-lawyer London firm Lane & Partners. The merger will boost Bird & Bird’s London dispute resolution practice to more than 100 lawyers and will add at least £8m to the firm’s bottom line. Lane & Partners had more than 30 lawyers […]

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