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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.


Hammonds enjoys massive PEP hike

Hammonds has seen profit per equity partner (PEP) rise by 61 per cent to £328,000 after a year of tough management. Turnover rose by 4 per cent to £132.7m. Hammonds is now running with a profit margin of 23 per cent, up 7 per cent on last year’s 16 per cent. Hammonds has also reduced […]

Crossley avoids red card

Hammonds’ victory over the Football League in the High Court was swiftly followed this week by its best results for some time. The firm does not yet know if it has to fight the Football League on appeal. The Football League, citing the World Cup as its excuse for needing more time, succeeded in obtaining […]

Lovells steers Barclays to Lords ‘duty of care’ victory

Lovells has won a major House of Lords victory for Barclays over the bank’s duty of care in situations where a freezing order has been made. Litigation partner Jon Holland acted for Barclays, instructing Fountain Court Chambers co-head Michael Brindle QC, to bring the bank’s appeal against a November 2004 decision of the Court of […]

Boodle Hatfield boosts private client team

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its private client and tax team with the appointment of litigator Sofie Hoffman. Hoffman joins the firm’s contentious trusts and probate team from the legal services department of Lloyd’s of London. Hoffman joined Lloyd’s in 2001 from Allen & Overy‘s specialist trust, asset-tracing and fraud claims group, a part of the […]

Bar chiefs grilled over Legal Services Bill

Bar chair Stephen Hockman QC and Desmond Browne QC, chair of the bar’s Legal Services Bill Response Group, gave evidence to the joint committee scrutinising the draft bill last month. Hockman and Browne spent an intensive hour or so being grilled by the committee, whose members include barristers Lord Neill of Bladen QC and former […]

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