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.


39 Essex St gains commercial director and six more tenants

Leading construction, commercial and public law set 39 Essex Street hasappointed its first chambers director, lost its third tenant in two months,and at the same time is gaining six new ones.Michael Meeson, partnership secretary dealing with operational managementat City firm Rowe & Maw, will join the set as chambers director inSeptember.The new role for Meeson, […]

Boesebecks partners quit over Lovells merger talks

German law firm Boesebeck Droste is losing partners as it continues todiscuss a merger with Lovell White Durrant, as revealed in The Lawyer (5July).Dr Manuel Lorenz, a partner in Boesebeck Droste’s banking and financegroup, has quit the partnership and is understood to be heading for Baker &McKenzie.He follows hot on the heals of Dr Claudia […]

Tax silk sued for 'bad advice' over church alcohol sales

whoseearnings are reported to put him in the “million pounds a year club”.This is the second negligence action against Goldberg in as many years.Last year, he successfully defended an action brought by Matrix Securities.The Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trus-tees Incorporated accusesGoldberg, a tenant at top tax practice Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, of givingthem bad advice […]

Top movie lawyer quits after landmark victory

The executive vice-president and general counsel of United InternationalPictures (UIP), the worldwide movie distributor, is standing down afterachieving a landmark ruling from the European Commission (EC).US lawyer Brian Reilly, who has been with UIP for eight and a half years,is taking the unusual step of moving to Costa Rica.He will become general counsel of Nueva […]


Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI)

Last week ICI announced it would axe 600 jobs in the next 18 months,which should seem like a drop in the ocean for a company that boasts 50,000 employees. But the redundancies are a natural development for a company which was lumbered with a debt worth millions when it bought a £4.9bn stake in Unilever’s […]

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