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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.




The last time The Lawyer covered the Turkish market in its Special Reports (8 February 2010), the country was rebounding, very promisingly, off the back of a torrid few years. Optimism pervaded the market and rumours abounded that the country’s ­potential was not going unnoticed by international firms. “It’s going to be a very interesting […]


Clerks rage against Rolls Building lift ‘nightmare’

Clerks across the bar are up in arms over the number of lifts in the new Rolls Building, citing severe delays to hearings. Concerns have been raised that, as most cases require large amounts of paperwork, having only three public lifts could result in delayed starting times, in turn resulting in extra costs for all […]


CC, Dewey, Freshfields steer Citibank’s acquisition of EMI

Clifford Chance, Dewey & LeBoeuf and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have all taken high-profile roles on the sale of troubled music group EMI to Citibank. The group, owned by ­private equity house Terra Firma, has been sold as part of a prepack administration to the bank. Citibank now owns the entire £2.2bn share capital of EMI’s […]

Revenue and PEP up at Reed Smith

Reed Smith has posted a slight rise in both total revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2010 financial year. Total revenue was up 2 per cent from $940m to $958m while PEP rose 5 per cent from $1m to $1.05m. The latter figure is a record for Reed Smith. Greg Jordan, […]

Eduardo Leite

Carnival atmosphere gives Bakers the platform to schmooze clients

Global model hammered home by arrival of Brazilian chairman. By Matt Byrne  The room in which The Lawyer meets Baker & Mckenzie’s new global chairman Eduardo Leite sitting alongside London head Gary Senior is dominated by a huge yellow-and-white painting of aeroplanes. The title? ­Taking off. It might be stretching the metaphor to breaking […]

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