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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.



Work Life Quiz: Gerard Khoshnaw, Nabarro

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been?A male version of Kate Adie. Gerard Khoshnaw What was your first-ever job?Managing pea slush that was destined for pigswill at a frozen pea factory. What was your worstexperience as a trainee?Sitting behind counsel representing a client who was being accused of drink driving at the […]


Massive regeneration projects dominate The Lawyer Awards 2009

Real estate teams have had to juggle some highly sensitive deals this year. The Lawyer Awards prize for Real Estate Team of the Year is always hotly contested. Last year, Osborne Clarke carried off the gold medal for advising Eurostar on its relocation from Waterloo to St Pancras. This year regeneration is the overwhelming theme, […]


Beleaguered law students face paralegal KO

PARALEGALS are in danger of being edged out of a shrinking jobs market as recruiters offer positions to those who have had their training contracts deferred. Hannah Jackson, a senior recruitment consultant at Hays Legal specialising in placing paralegals said: “We’re only looking at candidates who have training contracts. It’s sad because you see so many cases of wasted talent who […]


Paralegals get paranoia

It’s hardly a closely guarded secret that the take-home pay of partners at the UK’s top firms is about to take a nosedive this year. It’s hardly a closely guarded secret that the take-home pay of partners at the UK’s top firms is about to take a nosedive this year. It’s equally well-known that the […]

Skadden looks on the bright side

IT IS rare to see partners leave Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, so Manhattan’s legal community was set chattering recently when it witnessed three partner defections in the less than a week. First M&A stars David Fox and Daniel Wolf announced their departure to Kirkland & Ellis (, 19 May). They were followed shortly […]

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