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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.


FTSE shake-up gives Nabarros second 100 client

Nabarro Nathanson has won itself a second FTSE 100 client, without having to lift a finger. Telecoms company Sema, an existing Nabarros client, joined the top-100 following the FTSE Actuaries Indices Committee’s quarterly shake-up of the index this month. Nabarro’s only other FTSE 100 client is property company Land Securities. The committee relegated five companies […]

A future for conveyancing

The feature on conveyancing (The Lawyer, 3 February) highlights the dilemmas facing conveyancing solicitors. While firms enter the property selling arena – to combat the encroachment of estate agents into conveyancing – their traditional role in the process is also threatened by the proposals of US-style title insurers. In my opinion, Brian Marson’s view that […]

In brief: Bill set to end partnership profits secrecy

KPMG has predicted that the Department of Trade and Industry’s draft Bill on limited liability partnerships (LLPs) published last week “may signal the end to secrecy for partnership profits”. KPMG partner Sue Chisman said demand for LLPs would build up “among clients, recruits and suppliers”. Once the momentum started, she said there would be considerable […]

San Fran firm recruits first UK-qualified partner

SAN FRANCISCO-based firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired its first UK-qualified partner, marking the start of a drive into English law practice. Christopher Lewis has left Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office to join Orrick Herrington’s one-year-old Tokyo office. He will support the firm’s structured finance practice, the lynchpin of its international expansion plans. […]

Law Soc secretly halves maternity practising fee

The Law Society has halved the practising certificate fee for women on maternity leave – without telling its women members. Judith Willis, chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS), said she welcomed the reform, which was approved by the council this July, but added: “I am disappointed that the Law Society has not seen […]

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