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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.


In brief: Richards Butler partners step up

City firm Richards Butler has made two of its partners group managers. Lista Cannon, who specialises in financial and banking work and is admitted to the New York Bar, is taken on as group manager of the commercial litigation group, while Christopher Jackson (pictured), becomes group manager of the corporate and commercial group. Both are […]

Lovells backs friendly society in ground-breaking Frizell takeover

Lovell White Durrant advised the UK’s largest friendly society, Liverpool Victoria, on its recent acquisition from Marsh & McLennan of financial services company Frizell Group for about £190 million. Frizell is the UK’s largest provider of financial services products to members of public sector bodies. Freshfields advised on the sale of Frizell on behalf of […]

The Blitz spirit that overrides politics

Pictures of bomb-damaged buildings and injured bystanders are again making the front pages. No-one can fail to be moved by the pain and suffering that has been caused as well as relieved that there were no fatalities, this time. The unfortunate fact is that disaster planning now has to be put back on many agendas, […]


The Lawyer Inquiry: Matthew Joynes

Matthew Joynes was born in Kent on 6 November 1967. He now lives in London and is company lawyer at publishers Northern and Shell. What was your first job? Ice cream salesman. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £3,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Something artistic, […]

Training to meet the challenge

Paula Sparks is a barrister and senior legal worker with Avma. Talk to specialist medical negligence solicitors and most will tell you that one of the most frustrating problems they face is a shortage of competent junior counsel. In a recent survey of referral panel solicitors undertaken by charity group Action for Victims of Medical […]

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