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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.


Labruna Mazziotti poaches Pedersoli litigation boss

Leading Italian transactional boutique Labruna Mazziotti Segni has lured litigation and arbitration partner Enrico Zattoni from Pedersoli & Associati. The news highlights the amount of partner movement between Italian firms at the moment, sparked by the market slowdown. Pedersoli has also lost tax head Alfredo Malguzzi and tax partner Enrico Cossa, who left to set […]

Hammonds: 2 out of 3

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Crossley prides himself on managing his lawyers not as part of a profession but as part of a business. And like with many businesses in the current climate, […]


Law firms beat banks on graduate pay

Trainee solicitors are the highest paid graduates in the UK, according to a new survey published today (8 July). The median starting salaries for trainee solicitors in 2008 is £36,500, putting law ahead of investment banking for the first time, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) summer survey. The median graduate salaries paid […]

L&G rejigs property list after BLP scandal

Insurance giant Legal & General (L&G) has kicked off a full-scale review of its external adviser list, with the first stage focusing on its property panel. Current advisers on the property roster include Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Clifford Chance, Eversheds and LG. The review comes after BLP partner Vinay Veneik, a key L&G relationship ­partner, […]

Mayer, rosenblatt act on indian float

Mayer Brown and Rosenblatt Solicitors have won roles advising on the London Stock Exchange flotation of an Indian infrastructure fund. Infrastructure India, which launched last week (30 June), raising £36.7m, was represented by Mayer Brown corporate partner William Charnley. Rosenblatt corporate finance partners Jon Lovitt, Tom Ferns and Wayne O’Neil turned out for the financial […]

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