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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.


Stephen Kon

SJ Berwin litigator enters senior partner election race

SJ Berwin litigation partner Hilton Mervis has decided to have a second stab at winning a managerial role by standing against favourite Stephen Kon in the firm’s upcoming senior partner vote. Mervis was the first candidate to be eliminated in the firm’s managing partner election in 2010, losing out in the first round of voting […]

Double vision

The FSA’s two-pronged regulatory model will cause headaches for companies Those familiar with the cult television series Twin Peaks in the 1990s and its prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, may have heard alarm bells ringing at the FSA’s CEO Hector Sants’ recent speeches, in which he declared that from 2 April this […]

The Lawyer Eats: Oyster Shed

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond tries out Geronimo Inns’ Oyster Shed on the City’s Angel Lane Why the Oyster Shed? It’s not an oyster bar and it’s not a shed. Decked out with a nautical theme,  no doubt due to the fact you can see the Thames, it’s on the ground floor of a financial […]

The Chinese are coming

Zhonglun W&D, the first Chinese law firm to launch in London, has lost its entire City team to rival firm Zhong Lun (see story). Assuming the group didn’t just get confused and walk into the almost identically named rival by accident, the team hire is the first time the UK market has witnessed Chinese firms […]

Akin Gump posts rises in turnover and PEP

Texas-headquartered Akin Gump has posted a 4.5 per cent increase in gross revenue along with a 4.3 per cent rise in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2011 financial year. Total revenue was $770m (£490.5m) last year, up from $736m in 2010, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) rose 5 per cent, […]

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