Latest Briefings

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.

Recommended

Norton Rose mourns death of colleague

Norton Rose is mourning the death of one of its IT managers after he fell from the eighth floor of the firm’s new offices on the south bank of the River Thames. The employee, whose identity has not been disclosed, was found dead on the ground floor of the firm’s atrium at around 6.30pm on […]

Freshfields loses another IP partner

Freshfields has lost its second European IP partner in as many weeks, after Matteo Orsingher quit the Milan office to set up his own practice. Orsingher Avvocati Associati will launch at the start of July with four lawyers, focusing on IP and IT advice. Freshfields Italy managing partner Raffaele Lener said: “We regret Matteo leaving […]

Linklaters returns for second banking raid on Freshfields

Linklaters has scooped a second banking star from archrival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer with the capture of partner Brian Gray. Gray’s move, which was first revealed on www.thelawyer. com (22 June), comes just four months after former Freshfields restructuring and real estate finance partner David Ereira left for Linklaters in February. Linklaters’ move signals that the […]

Clifford Chance gatecrashes global LBO rankings

Clifford Chance has broken the US’s stranglehold on advising global private equity buyouts, making it onto the global leveraged buyout (LBO) leaderboard in terms of value in the second quarter of 2007. According to data from mergermarket, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett is the leading legal adviser to private equity buyouts globally, advising on $140.9bn (£70.71bn) […]

Jersey

Jersey boasts an ever-evolving trust law and as such remains at the forefront of the offshore market, says Mark Temple Five recent decisions of the Royal Court of Jersey illustrate that Jersey continues to be at the cutting edge of trust law. The first relates to the so-called ‘dog-leg’ claim by beneficiaries of a trust […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more