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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.


Treves makes way for Sutton in Macfarlanes shake-up

Macfarlanes’ high-profile senior partner Vanni Treves is to step down after 12 years in the role, along with managing partner Roger Formby, who is to retire from the firm. Treves, whose name has become almost synonymous with Macfarlanes and who is widely known for his directorships, including the chairmanship of Channel 4, will be replaced […]

1 Crown Office Row loses two senior tenants to rivals

Two senior tenants last week quit 1 Crown Office Row, the chambers of Richard Ferguson QC, bringing the number of departures at the criminal and civil set over the past year to five barristers and two senior clerks. Oscar Del Fabbro and Elroy Claxton left the 46-tenant set for rival chambers 23 Essex Street, while […]

A&O leads the expansion pack in Top 100 survey

ALLEN & Overy posted the fastest expansion of any UK firm in the past year, according to The Lawyer’s 1998 Top 100 survey, taking on an extraordinary 300 extra fee earners. In doing so the firm overtook Linklaters to become the UK’s fourth-largest firm. Reasons for the rise include A&O’s merger with 65-lawyer Italian firm […]

Bar Council doth protest too much

THERE is a comical aspect to last week’s furore over the league tables of top earning QCs. Barristers spend a lot of their time boasting that solicitor advocates will never take over their higher court work because the overheads at solicitors’ firms are so much higher than their own. Once a year, however, when the […]

Deportation appeals pending

The House of Lords is currently considering whether to hear appeals by Philomena Gangadeen, Daniel Jurawan and Khalid Khan against Home Office deportation rulings. The appeals, if allowed, will raise the question of whether, in a case where a decision affects the interests of a child of a prospective deportee, it is incumbent on the […]

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