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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.


Stop the press

The modern bar. Transparent, democratic and all the things a 21st century organisation should be. Or is it?`Well, Tulkinghorn was less than surprised to discover that the bar has yet to embrace the concept of freedom of information.`Following The Lawyer’s exclusive that the North East circuit could be thrown out of Bar Council membership if […]

5 King’s Bench swoops as Mitre Court closes

Mitre Court Chambers has dissolved after 20 years, resulting in 16 barristers moving to 5 King’s Bench Walk.`The group moving to Brian Higgs QC’s specialist criminal set includes Mitre Court’s head John Burton. Others have found new homes or are in the process of negotiations.`Mitre Court’s three clerks, including Bill Ingleton who has been with […]

Squire Sanders lures local partners for launch of North Virginia office

North Virginia’s growing reputation as the East Coast’s version of Silicon Valley has sparked more law firm raids.`Cleveland firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey in North Virginia is hiring from three rival practices for its launch.`The firm is sending in three partners from its Washington DC office and has taken partners from the local offices of […]

Linklaters partners earn £1m

Top equity partners at Linklaters & Alliance will make over £1m for the first time this year.`The firm is set to post record figures, with turnover leaping from £395m in 1999-2000 to some £505m – a 28 per cent rise. Indications are that top equity partners, who last year drew £925,000, will make around £1.05m, […]

Nauta hits back at UK invaders with A&O hire

Allen & Overy‘s Amsterdam office is losing a corporate partner to leading Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh.`Erik Hammerstein was among the group of 32 Loeff Claeys Verbecke partners to join Allen & Overy when their firm went through a dramatic split in January 2000.`His move goes against the trend which has seen dozens of Dutch lawyers […]

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