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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.


Cleary calls time on Tokyo

Things are not so rosy for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which officially shut the doors on its underperforming Tokyo office for the last time in late April. As first reported in The Lawyer (15 May), the closure brought 18 years of history to an end, although by its closure the office had dwindled to […]

Web week 05/06/06

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com. Secrets of their success claims to be “inspiring solo and small firm lawyers”. There is promise, with […]

HK and China heat up

Mainland China and Hong Kong confirmed their positions as expansion hot spots over the past couple of months with a slew of international firms launching presences in the region. US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett sparked the flurry, announcing plans to launch on China’s mainland after raiding local law firm Fangda Partners. The New York […]

Kit Kat takes over at Landmark

Landmark Chambers has picked Christopher Katkowski QC as its new head of chambers. Katkowski, known by everyone within the set as ‘Kit Kat’, will be responsible for continuing the consolidation of the merger that formed Landmark four years ago. The set has made an impression since 4 Breams Buildings and Eldon Chambers came together and […]

Bar profile: 4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings is an increasingly unusual animal in a consolidating barristers market. It has remained small and prides itself on providing very high quality work in a number of niche areas. Head of chambers: George Bompas QC Senior clerk:David Goddard Total tenants (silks): 25 (5) Total staff: Six clerks, three part-time administration staff Key […]

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