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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.



Foreign lawyers get new UK transfer rules

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to bring in revised guidance for foreign lawyers looking to practise in England and Wales from 1 September after a delay of six months. The changes to the guidelines confirm that all transferees will have at least one year’s experience of English law before they can be admitted […]

Milberg’s ‘$75m get-out-of-jail card’

Plaintiff bar left ‘reeling’ by fine and lawsuit One inhabitant of the defense bar, Brad Simon of Simon & Partners, summed up the situation as follows: “The greed of these individuals will make it much more difficult to bring suits and will subject suits to much more scrutiny by the courts. Plaintiff bar left ‘reeling’ […]

Outer Temple, Mark Howard QC win Bar’s top awards

Outer Temple Chambers won Chambers of the Year at The Lawyer Awards last night (24 June), while Mark Howard QC of Brick Court scooped Barrister of the Year. The common law set pipped Brick Court and Maitland Chambers to the Award for its exceptional increase in turnover, with commercial work increasing by 181 per cent […]

Lovells gets Peking University training gig

Lovells has joined forces with Peking University to develop new legal training courses for Chinese lawyers. The courses are intended to help Chinese legal practitioners, in-house lawyers and government legal officials become more acquainted with how business is conducted internationally. Lovells Beijing managing partner Robert Lewis said: “Peking University is obviously the leading law school […]

The Lawyer Awards 2008: Photo Gallery

Chris Carroll, Travers Smith, and Simon Davies, Linklaters John Young, Lovells and Charles Martin, Macfarlanes Ted Burke, Freshfields, and Chris Saul, Slaughter and May Trevor Faure, Tyco Tim Hales, JPMorgan; Sandy Okoro, Baring Asset Management; Bjarnie Anderson, former Baker & McKenzie, and Magda Bayim-Adamako, White & Case Mark Dawkins, Simmons & Simmons, and former colleague […]

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