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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.

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UK200: Brexit tops fear list for mid-sized firms

Just over half of the UK 200 Independents think trading conditions will be tougher in 2018/19 compared to last year, exclusive data from The Lawyer has shown. Brexit is still a significant concern for the UK’s regional and national law firms, ranked 101 to 200 in The Lawyer’s annual chart. In an attitudinal survey, just over half […]

The speed read: CMS’s real estate reshuffle, and Clifford Chance goes Dutch

There was a significant team move this week as 10 real estate lawyers from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang defected to Fladgate. This represents the biggest team departure from CMS since its three-way merger. In many ways, it’s not a surprising development. With Nabarro, CMS and Olswang all having strong real estate groups, not all of them could […]

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