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.


Taylor Wessing posts 11 per cent revenue rise

Taylor Wessing has posted a double-digit increase in turnover, boosting global revenue by 11 per cent to hit a total of £180m. Taylor Wessing’s UK branch grew at a similar rate, posting a similar turnover increase of 11 per cent to reach £97.5m. This figure marks and increase of £7m from last year’s haul of […]

Shoosmiths’ turnover breaches £100m mark

Shoosmiths has broken through the £100m barrier with a turnover of £103m, which is an 8.4 per cent rise on the previous year’s. Chief executive Paul Stothard said the firm had begun to feel the benefit of reducing its dependence on volume work. “We have some good relationships on the volume side, but what we’re […]

Harbottle looks to tax dept for new chief

Media and entertainment firm Harbottle & Lewis has appointed tax partner Glen Atchison as its new managing partner, taking over from Lawrence Abramson. Atchison will take up his role at the start of June after leading the tax practice for 10 years. He has been on the firm’s management committee since 2006.

Roca Junyent beats growth target as corporate coups boost coffers

Spanish firm Roca Junyent has enjoyed solid growth this year, boosting its revenue by 13 per cent. The firm posted a turnover of e36.3m (£29m), up from last year’s total of e32m (£25m), breaking through its target of 11 per cent growth after a year of acting on large corporate deals. The biggest deal for […]

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