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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.


Burness reinstates managing partner role

Burness has ended a period of almost four years without a managing partner, introducing a complete new management structure. The Scottish firm has appointed Ian Wattie to the reinstated position of managing partner following a contested election last month. The firm has had no managing partner since the exit of Alan Stewart in 2002. Burness […]

Burges Salmon falls behind Osborne in PEP stakes

South West firm Burges Salmon has seen its average profit per equity partner (PEP) fall below rival Osborne Clarke‘s for the first time in five years, despite a 13 per cent rise. PEP grew to £410,000 at the firm compared with last year’s £363,000 . However, Osborne Clarke’s PEP increased by 18 per cent to […]

Celebrity libel actions double in a year

Celebrity libel actions have more than doubled during the last year as the English courts have witnessed a dramatic increase in the total number of defamation cases. There were 20 celebrity libel cases in the courts in the 2005-06 financial year, compared to just nine the previous year, according to legal information providers Sweet & […]

SJ Berwin to nurture international links

SJ Berwin to nurture international links” />SJ Berwin has introduced a formal global secondment programme in a bid to strengthen its links with international law firms. The plan follows the completion of SJ Berwin’s strategy review, which in part concluded that the firm needed to increase its focus on developing its international network and strengthening […]

White & Case boosts Frankfurt/London with dual hires

White & Case has raided Linklaters and Weil Gotshal & Manges to boost its London and Frankfurt finance groups. The New York-based firm has hired Weil Gotshal equity partner Tom Schorling in Frankfurt, focusing on acquisition finance especially in the private equity arena with clients such as Texas Pacific and CSFB Private Equity. At the […]

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