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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.


Merrill slashes six senior legal jobs

At least six senior legal roles at Merrill Lynch have been axed as part of the investment bank’s global restructuring. New York associate general counsel Carlos Morales, general counsel of litigation and employment Barry Mandel, co-head of global litigation John Eisenberg, director and senior counsel Chris Haas and two more legal heads have been cut […]

Tyco poised to review Eversheds’ status as sole external adviser

Eversheds’ status as sole external adviser” />The terms of Eversheds’ status as manufacturing company Tyco’s sole external legal adviser are up for review as the contract comes up for a 12-month renewal. Eversheds ;will ;deal ­principally with David Symonds, who will take responsibility for Tyco’s legal function for Europe, the Middle East and Africa ­following […]

Cadwalader London: five ways to say goodbye

Losing seven partners from its City office highlights the frailties of Cadwalader’s global strategy. It also provides a perfect example of what not to do in the current economic climate. Two weeks ago The Lawyer exclusively revealed that seven partners from the London ;office ;of ;New York’s Cadwalader ­Wickersham & Taft handed in their resignations […]


Linklaters v Freshfields: the arms race starts here

Linklaters’ shock ‘New World’ partner cull sparked by magic circle fight for supremacy Linklaters v Freshfields: the arms race starts here” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15864_tedBurke90.jpg” />Linklaters’ plan to trim its partnership by up to 70 has sparked furious debate across the profession. As exclusively revealed by last week (23 January), the management is considering cutting […]

Web Week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email Stressed clout A shout to our friends at Above the Law ( for putting us on to Sweet Hot […]

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