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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.


UK law firms fail to cash in on insolvency and restructuring

The legal fees on the 12-year BCCI insolvency reached £100m this year, with Lovells taking the lion’s share of the cash, while Allen & Overy made a staggering £31m for less than two years work on the restructuring of Marconi. But will corporate restructuring and insolvency work see City lawyers through the downturn? Not quite. […]

You won't be back

Whenever Tulkinghorn has spoken to Americans in the past, he has found them to be sensitive souls, not the sort who’d want to offend people (well, not to their faces at least). That’s why it was so refreshing, though somehow strangely disturbing, to talk to the PR chap at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly. The Minneapolis […]

BLP grows private equity with Osborne Clarke hire

Osborne Clarke has suffered another blow in London with the loss of private equity partner Geraint Lloyd to Berwin Leighton Paisner.Lloyd counts among his clients the Close Brothers Group, for whom he works across several divisions on private equity-backed M&A transactions, development and venture capital and real estate funds, and Matrix Securities.Commenting on the recruitment, […]


This time last year I was congratulating the Law Society on the successful launch of the first ever National Pro Bono Week, which I hailed then as a well taken opportunity to demonstrate that lawyers are not ruthless, fee-generating machines, but rather caring, committed professionals who want to give something back to the community. The […]

Squire Sanders bags Coudert team in Beijing

Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s China practice has scooped a team from Coudert Brothers’ Beijing office. The US firm has hired US-qualified partners James Zimmerman and Sungo Shim and three associates for its Beijing office, taking its lawyers to eight. The firm also plans a Shanghai office by the year’s end. First reported on 3 […]

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