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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.


Norton Rose expands in Italy with Rome launch

Norton Rose expands in Italy with Rome launch” />Norton Rose is making a bid to shore up its struggling Continental practice with a new office in Rome next month. The firm has had an office in Milan since September 2000. The new office will be opened primarily off the back of the firm’s project finance […]

CC sees new partner numbers slump

Partner promotions at Clifford Chance have plummeted falling to 18 from 31 in the previous year. Compared to 2003-03 when nine London lawyers reached equity, this year’s round of promotions show that in the UK just four have made partner. While in New York one attorney joined the partnership on the previous year’s two. There […]

1KBW snares St Philips childcare barrister

Birmingham’s St Philips Chambers has lost a leading childcare barrister, who has joined London’s One King’s Bench Walk. It is understood that David Hershman QC has made the move to practise in a smaller set with a more specialist family focus. First revealed on 31 March

ECJ and Court of First Instance suffer serious backlog of cases

The caseload of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has increased by more than 17 per cent in the last year. According to the institution’s 2003 annual report, there were 561 new cases brought to the ECJ last year and 466 to its sister court, the Court of First Instance. This is compared with 477 […]

Chambers make use of imaginary silks system

Chambers have already begun touting as quasi-QCs some of their juniors who would have got silk this year had appointments in 2004 not been suspended. 8 New Square senior clerk John Call said: “The practice of one of my barristers is such that we’re marketing him as a senior advocate.” The intellectual property barrister, James […]

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