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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.













Cleary joins City duo on sale of Times Higher Education

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has bagged the lead mandate for TPG in its sale of university rankings guide Times Higher Education. The deal sees TPG sell Times Higher Education to a vehicle owned by Inflexion Private Equity. Times Higher Education gathers data, rankings and content on universities around the world, and has clients including […]


Fieldfisher hits RPC with eight-strong team raid

Fieldfisher has snapped up an eight-strong construction and projects team from RPC as it seeks to broaden its real estate practice across the country. The team includes partners Dan Preston, who headed RPC’s construction and projects division and will have a similar role at Fieldfisher, and David Thorne. Preston, who joined RPC as a senior […]

Nicola Brooks

KPMG targets Travers for new legal ops unit

Big Four accountancy firm KPMG has hired Travers Smith‘s operations director to lead a new legal consulting unit that supports in-house teams on digital transformation. Nicola Brooks, who spent more than three years at Travers Smith focusing on legal delivery, will head the new legal operations and transformation (LOTS) service alongside the accountancy firm’s head […]

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