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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.


Herbies set to expand TMT expertise into Dubai and Japan

Herbert Smith has set its sights on Asia for a technology, media and telecoms (TMT) push by hiring a senior lawyer in Dubai and planning to boost its presence in Japan. Practice head Nick Elverstone said: “We set up the media part of the TMT group in London about two years ago and we want […]

Work Life Quiz: Paul Shrubsall, One Essex Court

What was your first-ever job?I worked in an antique shop. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do ‘noting up’ – an arcane system of cross-referencing law reports. It’s so old I doubt anyone would remember it. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on […]

The Nationals

Eversheds may have retained its place as the UK’s largestnational firm in 2006-07 (its turnover of £356m was acountry mile from nearest rival Pinsent Masons’ revenue of £192.4m), but it is Shoosmiths that boasts by far the highest average revenue per lawyer (RPL). Although it recorded a comparatively tiny turnover of just £95m, Midlands-based Shoosmiths […]

Banking and Finance

There are three giants in the London finance market: Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters, and all had a successful year during the boom. There are three giants in the London finance market:Clifford Chance, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters, and all had a successful year during the boom. But outside the top […]

Fulbright bulks up in UAE

US firm Fulbright & Jaworski has strengthened its presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with three new recruits and the relocation of a US partner. Former Denton Wilde Sapte associate Richard Devine has joined the firm’s Dubai office, to which Fulbright partner Randel Young has been relocated. Richard Tyner, who joins the Saudi office […]

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