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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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Change of course

After 15 years the LPC is about to get a facelift, but what could this mean for providers and employers? After years of discussion and consultation, the Training Framework Review now has a real impetus. Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers await the final version of the new LPC Framework which, it is intended, will apply […]

BLP sees gambling sector as a good bet

All the furore and scandal currently surrounding online gambling might give some lawyers a few moments’ pause before continuing to act in the sector. It certainly did for Mischon de Reya, which got cold feet and dumped troubled BetonSports as a client early in the year. But it hasn’t been enough to stop some firms. […]

Jude awakening

Embarrassment over at media boutique m-Law the other day, when a high-profile US lawyer (Tulkinghorn will spare his blushes by not revealing his name) phoned the firm to ask if “you were any relation to Jude?”. That would be a “no”.

Lovells’ latest lockstep review rewards junior partners

Lovells has concluded the first stage of its protracted lockstep review after agreeing to increase the number of points available to new equity partners. The partnership council agreed last month to increase entry level points to 30. The council has also agreed to review the points allocated to partners who entered the equity on 24 […]

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 […]

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