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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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Joint accounts

This year Eversheds provided figures for its entire overseas network, as well as its UK operation. Matt Byrne recalibrates this year’s revenue rankings to unveil the alliance factor Duncan Weston This year the questionnaire Eversheds returned for The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report included a little more information than usual. For the first time the […]

A new era for litigation?

There are international litigation practices and then there are “international” litigation practices. Herbert Smith is one firm intent on reinforcing its international disputes reach (see last week’s blog). Meanwhile, Eversheds, which created an international dispute management role for partner John Heaps last year (see story), is only just starting to prise open the treasure chest […]

West assured

Diminishing corporate and real estate deals have taken the biggest toll on the West End players, but as Kit Chellel finds, a fighting spirit prevails They get to eat in the best restaurants, drink in the hippest bars and act for the most glamorous clients. Yet partners at West End firms have taken a hammering […]

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Goldsmith barrister sued by divorcée

Family barrister Dorian Day of London set Goldsmith Chambers has been handed a £200,000 claim by a disgruntled former client who claims Day failed to win her an adequate divorce settlement.

The sound of silence

Despite a tough year, most firms are still prepared to publish their financial results. A minority are keeping tight-lipped. By Luke McLeod-Roberts It has been an incredibly tough year for the legal profession, with turnover and profit drops the norm. Despite this, most firms have been open about their figures for the 2008-09 financial year. […]

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