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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.


Judge Birss

Saga continues after porn pirates firm folds

The firm pursuing ­thousands of individuals for ­illegally downloading adult films has gone out of business, despite the case still being ongoing. ACS:Law, which hit the headlines in September 2010 when details of those it was pursuing appeared on a website (The Lawyer, 28 September 2010), closed on 31 ­January. But on 8 February Judge Birss QC in […]

Hugh Verrier

White & Case sees small drops in turnover and PEP

White & Case has reported declines in both global revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2010 calendar year. Turnover was down 2.2 per cent to $1.28bn (£790m) while PEP fell 2.4 per cent to $1.6m. Revenue per lawyer was up 2.1 per cent to $705,500. White & Case chairman Hugh Verrier […]

Antony Townsend

SRA to cut 80 jobs in preparation for ABSs

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is slashing its staff headcount ahead of the introduction of alternative business structures (ABSs), cutting numbers from 640 to 560. The body will begin regulating and licensing ABSs from 6 October this year. According to chief executive Antony Townsend the restructure will see the authority focus on three key regulatory […]

Credit Suisse turns to Linklaters on $8bn CoCo deal

Linklaters has claimed a key mandate acting for Credit Suisse on the bank’s issuance of $8bn (£4.98bn) worth of contingent convertible bonds, the Basel III compliant capital instrument known as CoCos. The offering was split into a $2bn tranche sold at public auction and a $6bn private placement with Middle East investors Qatar Holding and […]

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