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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.


Law firms need to stick their necks out on new trends

Shareholder activism is by no means a new concept. There have been activist funds around for a considerable period of time, although their targets have often been smaller companies struggling to cope with their listed status. City law firms would not traditionally have been a natural place from which such funds would obtain legal advice, […]

Harbottles promotes four

Harbottle & Lewis has promoted four associates to the partnership. The firm has made up Leo Marino in the property department, publishing group head Caroline Turner, employment litigator Joanne Twiss and finance specialist Alison Wilds. Harbottles also made Wilds head of the aviation and finance group and promoted David Scott to the position of senior […]

Kilpatrick does a Mary Celeste in London

Kilpatrick Stockton is definitely not shutting down its London IP practice, despite the loss of department head Helen Newman. Honest. The fact that the partner who’s assuming leadership of the City group, Chris Woods, is based in New York is a mere detail. Newman joined Olswang last week (2 July) along with her entire team […]

Semple Fraser gears up for remuneration overhaul

Semple Fraser gears up for remuneration overhaul” />Scotland’s Semple Fraser is reviewing its remuneration structure in a bid to attract talent at the top of the equity. The firm operates a modified lockstep that is 80 per cent weighted towards equity, with the remaining 20 per cent based on performance. Partners enter equity on 50 […]

Linklaters revenues smash a billion; PEP hits £1.29m

Linklaters has announced record figures for this financial year, with revenues overtaking a billion for the first time and average profit per equity partner (PEP) rising 21.5 per cent to £1.29m. Top partners at Linklaters will earn £1.62m, up 22.7 per cent from last year’s figure of £1.32m. First-year full equity partners will earn £647,000. […]

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