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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.


Jomati and Altman Weil in transatlantic tie-up

Jomati, the legal management consultancy run by former Clifford Chance and Andersen Legal managing partner Tony Williams (left), has announced a strategic alliance with US consultants Altman Weil. Both Jomati and Altman Weil have recently advised on transatlantic mergers, with Jomati advising on the Kirkpatrick & Lockhart-Nicholson Graham & Jones tie-up and Altman Weil handling […]

Bell ends’ roasting

A group of eminent international lawyers gathered at the Law Society last Monday (24 January) to face the might of the UK legal press. Fresh from a trip around the House of Lords, the delegation included a US Supreme Court justice, the American Bar Association president and the Law Society’s own Ed Nally. Tulkinghorn and colleagues had prepared […]

Dechert posts 17 per cent global profit rise as London turnover stalls

Dechert has unveiled a strong set of results for 2004, with global turnover rising 8.6 per cent. Global revenues for 2004 hit $440.7m, up from $405.7m in 2003, while at the same time, global profits have soared to a high of more than $1.2m. However, the firm’s London office has not fared so well, with […]

UK revenues show the way for Reed Smith

Reed Smith’s UK revenues comfortably outstripped the rest of the firm with turnover rising 29 per cent during the last year to $36.2m compared with a 19 per cent rise across the whole firm. UK profit per equity partner for 2004 was up 6.8 per cent to $768,500 (£407,000). Total firm revenue in 2004 was […]

MAB in merger negotiations with Goodman Derrick

Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) is in preliminary merger talks with 20-partner media and entertainment firm Goodman Derrick. The merger would create a 40-partner firm with a turnover of around £16m, placing it at the lower end of The Lawyer UK 100. MAB has been actively seeking a deal to give it a London presence for […]

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