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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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If rumours are to be believed, the current favoured habitat of the great and the good from middle-tier firms is the departure lounge. Skulking around, waiting for the next shuttle to Euroland while avoiding alerting any rivals to their presence, they pursue the silent chase to snap up a fashionable continental firm – the must-have […]

Morgan Stanley appoints new chief legal officer

International bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has appointed a new chief legal officer from Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Overy are among the UK firms used by Morgan Stanley which may be affected by the change of leadership. Donald Kempf is senior partner at Kirklands and specialises in […]

Cameron McKenna in race row

Cameron McKenna is being taken to an industrial tribunal on grounds of race discrimination by a former lawyer in its CIS group. Natasha Lobova, a Russian-qualified lawyer based in London, left the firm last July. Her claim is at least the second claim to be brought against Cameron McKenna by a member of the CIS […]

Race for a new CPS

Maria Bamieh has won her case. There is institutional racism in the CPS, as a recent contributor to The Lawyer argued (24 May). Such a finding is welcome, not just to Ms Bamieh and our contributor but to the whole profession, which needs its structures to be scrupulously fair. It is not good enough for […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: The Lawyer Inquiry

Stephen Goodman was born in Liverpool in 1961. He is head of the commercial property department at Halliwell Landau. What subject(s) did you fail at school? French What was your first job? Marking the boards at a bookies. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u2,400 per annum. What would you have done […]

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