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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.


Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters, print and postage

With the High Court set to approve the Abbey National- Santander Central Hispano (SCH) merger today (8 November), it has emerged that Abbey spent around £9m sending out legal documentation to its 1.8 million shareholders. It is thought that Abbey’s law firm Slaughter and May will get around the same amount as the bank spent […]

Libyan oil stocks become next big pull for law firms

Ashurst, Baker Botts, Eversheds, Norton Rose gear up – but where is Clyde & Co? With energy lawyers’ attention shifted away from Iraq in the wake of ongoing hostilities, focus is now turned to four basins in Libya: Murzuk, Ghademes, Sirte and Cyrenaica. Exploration rights for the massive oil stocks in these basins are the […]

Members only

There are important liability issues for partners to consider before their firms convert to LLP status. By Peter Garry and Peter Ashford More and more professional partnerships are converting to limited liability partnership (LLP) status, but the members of an LLP continue to face personal liability in a number of different ways, some of which […]

Developing a taste for growth

Business development specialists are playing an increasingly important role in today’s law firms. Jonathan Newey explains why As law firms emerge from the recent downturn with a renewed focus on market expansion and improved profitability, recruiters have seen a marked increase in demand for business development specialists. As a result, firms are restructuring departments and […]

MoFo’s IP, antitrust depts each get new partner

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has added to its IP and antitrust litigation practices with the hire of two partners. Rory Radding joins MoFo from IP boutique Pennie & Edmonds and will head the IP and patent group in MoFo’s New York office. Meanwhile, commercial and antitrust litigator Michael Miller comes to MoFo from Sullivan & […]

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