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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.


CC management gears up for election fever

Clifford Chance‘s management is preparing for its latest elections in the autumn as five key positions come up for vote after four years. Following informal consultations with colleagues, current senior partner Stuart Popham is widely expected to stand again in the autumn. He won a tightly fought election four years ago against five other candidates: […]

TLT lockstep shift rewards equity partners

South West-based TLT Solicitors has finalised a review of its lockstep, with up to 13 per cent of the firm’s net profit to be distributed through bonuses to high-performing equity partners. Up to 10 per cent of profit will be distributed for exceptional performance, with another 3 per cent awarded to three senior partners for […]

Oostvogels Pfister Roemers

Private equity might be big news now, but seven years ago, when Stef Oostvogels decided to set up his own firm that would target private equity houses, it was not the most obvious of business plans. “Private equity was still very young, but I saw the need in Luxembourg for a law firm that could […]

Al Fayed fuming at Kirkpatrick negligence

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was jubilant last week despite a judge’s ruling that the firm messed up when it advised Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed over the acquisition of Fulham Football Club. Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham was jubilant last week despite a judge’s ruling that the firm messed up when it advised Harrods owner Mohammed […]

Out of order

Six years ago Allen & Overy led the magic circle profit league. Since then it has been overtaken by its rivals to such an extent that it sought a merger with Freshfields. Can the firm regain its credibility?? The logic behind Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) merger approach to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (The Lawyer, 31 July) […]

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