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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.



It could simply be taken as a sign of the continued downturn in litigation: the total revenue generated by the UK’s top 20 disputes groups was down last year. Not by a mere £10m or £20m, but by £132m. Big-hitter Lovells was one of eight firms to drop places in the top 20 league, moving […]

Stonewall tackles CC over gay rights claim

Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall has asked to meet Clifford Chance in the wake of a discrimination claim brought by former competition partner Michael Bryceland. The sexual orientation claim, revealed exclusively by The Lawyer two weeks ago (20 August), is thought to be the first against a UK law firm. It was settled in April […]

Slaughters buys a year: Who’s next?

City firms Berwin Leighton Paisner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have come up with a novel way of using up their extra cash: buying up a year of London’s history (see story). Now, buying an entire year may seem like the zenith of corporate excess, but actually this is all in the name […]

Herbies, Cuatrecasas secure Spanish listing

Alliance firms Herbert Smith and Cuatrecasas are acting for Spanish industrial machinery group General de Alquiler de Maquinaria on the issue of 125 million senior unsecured convertible bonds. The notes are convertible into new ordinary shares in 2012, which will be listed on Spain’s stock exchanges. Herbert Smith is advising on the English law aspects […]

Twelve firms boast £1m-plus pay

Twelve UK firms have top equity partners on more than £1m, with those at Slaughter and May breaking the £2m barrier. Last year eight firms boasted top of equity millionaires, but as figures in The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2007 (published today, 3 September) reveal, the pool is widening. The firms are largely a […]

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