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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.

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Flotation

Travers Smith Braithwaite acted for network integrator Workplace Technologies Property on its £50m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Cameron McKenna advised the sponsor NatWest Markets.

Salaries booming across profession

LAWYERS throughout the UK have upped their salaries by as much as 20 per cent over the past year and many in-house solicitors are now earning as much as lawyers in City firms, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted among about 200 law firms and 500 industry legal departments by recruitment […]

A conditional fees fan…

As an occasional and generally regretful user of the legal system, I am an enthusiastic supporter of conditional fees. I believe that these will concentrate lawyers’ minds on the target rather than the route, lead to much earlier disclosure and contact between the parties’ advisers, and encourage negotiated settlements where all advisers’ fees would be […]

Morgan Lewis & Bockius beefs up its tax practice

US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius is beefing up its international tax planning practice with a number of high-profile appointments across Europe. David Way has joined the firm’s London office from Simmons & Simmons, where he was the partner in charge of the private capital practice group. Meanwhile, Alan Hamburger has moved to the firm’s […]

In brief: Edinburgh University director doubles up

The director of Edinburgh University’s legal practice unit, Alan Barr, is to double up as a consult at Edinburgh firm Brodies. Barr, a tax specialist, said his appointment reflected the strong relationship between the practising and academic worlds in Scotland.

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