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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.


SJ Berwin mulls of counsel position

SJ Berwin has set up a firmwide associate focus group to decide whether an of counsel role should be introduced. With ;partnership prospects worsening across the market, the 15-associate alternative career path working group will debate the merit of the new role as either an additional position or an alternative route to partnership The firm […]


Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff

Blake Lapthorn has announced a redundancy consultation with 43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Blake Lapthorn in consultation to lay off 43 staff” />Blake ;Lapthorn ;has announced a redundancy consultation ;with ;43 ­members of staff across both fee-earning and non-fee-earning roles. Senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones ;said ;the ­consultation would affect “a number of areas, ranging […]


Wedlake Bell lays off 17

Wedlake Bell lays off 17″ />Wedlake Bell has launched a redundancy consultation with six lawyers and 11 support staff. The cuts have affected staff in the commercial property department as well as other practice areas across the firm. According to Wedlake Bell, the staff have received enhanced redundancy packages and outplacement services. Philip Mathews, managing […]


Dead Zeppelin?

Mirroring the residential property market boom, conveyancing practices inflated in size like helium-filled balloons. And when the market began to fall, the sound of air escaping conveyancing practices reverberated through destinations like Milton Keynes, Leeds and the West End like the sound of a thousand raspberries being blown at once. Twenty-five at Fox Hayes, four […]


Reid Minty sues former partners

Litigation firm Reid Minty, now RMPI, is suing three former employees for breach of fiduciary obligations, alleging that the trio took three substantial clients with them when leaving the firm. Former partner Simon Edwards and uninsured loss recovery and personal injury co-heads Mark O’Shaughnessy and Derek Thompson have been named as defendants along with ProLegal, […]

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