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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.

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MoFo appoints new US managing partner

Morrison & Foerster (M0Fo) has named Larren Nashelsky, who chairs the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice, as its new US managing partner. New York-based Nashelsky succeeds Laurie Hane, who will return to her technology transaction practice in San Francisco on a full-time basis. Nashelsky will share management responsibilities with the firm’s two other managing partners, […]

Shearman global profits steady as London powers ahead

Shearman & Sterling has recorded a 6.8 per cent increase in global revenues, with turnover reaching $780m for 2004. Sources within the New York firm report that turnover rose to $780m last year, up from $730 in 2003, with profits hovering at a provisional US$1.1m. The firm’s London office put in one of the best […]

Law Soc, Bar Council press for selection of judges to be based on individual merit

The Law Society and the Bar Council are urging for radical reforms to the way judges are appointed. In a response to the ‘Increasing Diversity in the Judiciary’ consultation paper issued by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA), both bodies said merit had to be paramount when selecting judges. The automatic consultation process, which has […]

Ofgem panel places up for grabs in massive rejig

Ofgem, the gas and electricity regulator, has launched a full-scale review of its external legal panel. According to well-placed sources, firms, including those not on the existing panel, were asked to submit their tender documents to Ofgem earlier this month. The regulator’s current legal panel comprises Brodies, Burges Salmon, Maclay Murray & Spens, Nabarro Nathanson, […]

Hammonds prepares for profit crash

Hammonds is reducing partner drawings by an average of 12 per cent in anticipation of a “significant” drop in UK profitability. The firm is also carrying out a programme of redundancies among fee-earners and support staff. Hammonds’ management made the announcement to partners earlier this week as part of a wide-ranging review designed to cut […]

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