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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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Laterals fad sweeps bar as chambers add numbers to fend off consolidation Across the civil bar sets are assessing how best to survive in the post-good times era. The modern bar is not without its own price pressures and also faces increased competition from the solicitor profession. Inner Temple set 11KBW is hoping to find […]

Landmark returns to 4-5 Gray’s Inn for another silk

Planning silk Tim Corner QC has become the latest barrister to quit London set 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square after securing membership at Landmark Chambers. It brings the number of exits from 4-5 Gray’s Inn to seven, including two silks, in the past week. As revealed by The Lawyer, Landmark took Paul Brown QC and Lisa […]

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Minster and Optima top UK200 debt charts

Minster Law and Optima Legal have emerged as the two firms with the highest reported level of borrowings in this year’s The Lawyer UK200. Last year Minster’s turnover was £104.1m. The Lawyer can reveal that at the end of the last financial year it had total borrowings of £69m. At Optima the proportionate debt levels […]

SJ Berwin bolsters corporate team with Field Fisher CIS expert

SJ Berwin has added to its City corporate practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) CIS specialist Alex Woodfield. Woodfield founded and headed FFW’s CIS focus group covering Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and specialises in transactions for clients in the region encompassing sovereign funds, major oil companies and high-profile businessmen, with a focus […]

Public crawl

Slimmer pickings for firms on public sector rosters Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to cut its legal panel from 12 firms to 11 has almost as much to do with firms’ choices as TfL’s strategy. Travers Smith, one of four firms to leave the panel, elected not to tender for a place after not receiving […]

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