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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.


Fladgate adds Olswang partner as turnover rises 8 per cent

Fladgate has boosted its corporate practice with the hire of partner Amy Collins from Olswang, as it announces an 8 per cent rise in turnover in its latest financial results. Collins specialises in corporate work for public and private companies, advising on joint ventures, reorganisations and M&A. She has experience acting for companies and sponsors, […]

Italy’s Pedersoli and Marena D’Angelo seal merger

Italian independents Pedersoli e Associati and Marena D’Angelo & Fagotto have merged, creating a firm of almost 100 lawyers. Marena D’Angelo’s founder, four partners and 14 associates have joined Pedersoli’s Milan office, adding bulk to the firm’s corporate, private equity and finance practices. The team includes Marena D’Angelo’s founder Francesco Marena, who joins Pedersoli as […]

David Childs

Clifford Chance back in £1m PEP club as revenues nudge up

Clifford Chance has posted a 2 per cent increase in global revenue for the 2010-11 financial year, with the figure rising from £1,197m in 2009-10 to £1,219m. The slight upturn comes as the firm’s average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushed over the million-pound mark, rising 8 per cent to £1.005m from £933,000. This is […]

Big Brother maker plans first roster

Endemol, the company behind Big Brother, is mulling its first external panel amid an in-house ­personnel change. Andy Griffiths is standing down as London-based ­global head of legal later this month to join a human rights organisation in India. The former ITV in-house lawyer is taking up a role as field office director in Chennai […]

Wim Dejonghe

A&O beats budget with rises in turnover and profits

Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted a 7 per cent rise in revenue and an 8 per cent hike in net profit for the 2010-11 financial year. Turnover at the firm rose from £1.05bn in 2009-10 to £1.12bn. Net profit was up 8.3 per cent from £388.1m in 2009-10 to £420.4m, giving the firm a […]

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