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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.


Osborne Clarke profit up 18 per cent as London and Germany grow

Osborne Clarke recorded a solid 18 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £360,000 in 2004/5 to £425,000 for the last financial year. Despite increased profit for three years running, the Bristol-based firm has fallen short of the emerging £500,000 PEP benchmark for mid-tier firms. Managing parter Simon Beswick attributed the […]

Skadden tempts Norton Rose partner away

Norton Rose has lost one of its newest partners to the London office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Arbitration and litigation specialist Bruce Macaulay was one of 23 associates promoted to the partnership with effect from 1 May 2006. Instead, he is due to join Skadden later this year. Macaulay focuses primarily on […]

Applebys and Bailhache merge to create offshore powerhouse

Offshore law firms Appleby Spurling Hunter and Bailhache Labesse will merge on September 1 creating a firm with six offices and more than 600 employees. The new firm will be known as Appleby Hunter Bailhache and will offer legal, fiduciary and administrative services. Appleby Spurling Hunter’s managing partner, Peter Bubenzer, said: “Our strategic vision is […]

MBR&M goes for double-header

The London securitisation team at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw(MBR&M) must be an unruly lot. As first reported (2 June), the firm has just appointedBruce Bloomingdale and Dominic Griffiths as co-headsof the practice. Nothing unusual in that, you might think, but as the group only has four partners, it now means that half of […]

Geldards lawyer takes on ABI directorship

Geldards insolvency head Ian Williams has become the first lawyer outside North America to be elected as a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), which analyses and promotes education on insolvency. Williams has been appointed to help the ABI’s European expansion. He is also co-chair of the ABI’s international committee.

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