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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.


Hit the tech

The prevalence of electronic documents means those involved in the disclosure process need to employ the latest technological techniques, says Phil Beckett The processes demanded by e-disclosure regulations – including the need to identify, capture, restore, manipulate and search electronic documents – are playing an increasingly ­important role in civil litigation and ­regulatory inquiries. As […]


BLP scraps special deals for one-size-fits-all pay culture

Shift away from guaranteed deals for high-profile lateral hires Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is ditching its long-term strategy of hiring prominent partners on guaranteed pay deals in favour of a single remuneration system for all those in the equity. The firm’s willingness to dig deep for a succession of big-name hires in the past several […]

Skadden banking counsel set for September switch to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its growing banking and capital markets team a lift with a hire from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Paul Simcock, a counsel in Skadden’s London office, will join BLP in September as a partner, focusing on acquisition and leveraged finance. He also has expertise in high-yield finance. His […]


DLA Piper posts 1 per cent rise for global revenue

DLA Piper posted a 1 per cent increase in global turnover for the 2010 calendar year, with revenue at $1.96bn (£1.27bn). Total profit was up 5.9 per cent at $777.8m £503m). The firm’s chief financial officer Paul Edwards said that average profit per equity partner (PEP) at the firm was up 15 per cent on […]

Who Dares wins?

Deidre Dare, the former Allen & Overy associate who sued her firm after being fired for refusing to stop publishing her online erotic novel, is back in the news (see story). Dare’s £3.4m claim in London’s Employment Tribunal, for sexual harassment and sexual discrimination, has been thrown out on jurisdictional grounds but, undeterred, the feisty […]

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