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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.


Jobs: moves roundup

• Former Irwin Mitchell partner Lesley Graves has joined Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack as a consultant in the personal injury division. MOVE OF THE WEEK • Former Irwin Mitchell partner Lesley Graves has joined Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack as a consultant in the personal injury division. • Memery Crystal has strengthened its dispute […]

Dentons leads on Cadogan Petroleum’s London IPO

Denton Wilde Sapte has advised Cadogan Petroleum on a London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPO to raise finance for its Ukrainian drilling programme. The listing raised £150m, giving Cadogan a market capitalisation of £531m – the second largest oil and gas IPO on the LSE main market by capitalisation, according to lead corporate partner Neil Vickers. […]

The big four’s magic realism

Five years ago the magic circle was having a terrible time. All the running was being made by highly profitable, London-focused silver circle firms. Clifford Chance and Linklaters were indulging in internal culling; Freshfields was dithering and Allen & Overy (A&O) was, frankly, going off the boil. How things have changed. But which of the […]


Linklaters fails to overtake Clifford Chance with £1.29bn turnover

Linklaters fails to overtake Clifford Chance with £1.29bn turnover” />Linklaters has posted an increase in turnover of 15.3 per cent to £1.29bn, retaining its position behind Clifford Chance as the UK’s second largest firm in turnover terms. Linklaters managing partner, Simon Davies (pictured), said he was satisfied with what he called a robust performance, adding […]

Bakers raises City pay and makes promotions

Baker & McKenzie has given modest pay rises to associates at most levels at the same time as promoting six to its partnership. As of 1 July newly qualified (NQ) lawyers will pocket £64,000, a rise of 0.8 per cent on last year’s figure of £63,500. The pay level for those with one year’s post […]

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