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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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Expanding New Law provider Elevate takes Halebury under its wing

Flexible lawyering group Halebury has been acquired by Elevate as the latter sets out plans to build an alternative legal services company that can provide a “one-stop” solution for clients. The combination allows Elevate to provide private equity and in-house teams with legal consultants available for specific projects, and technology and managed services. John Croft, […]

Halebury CEO: ABS’ can “flip the script” to focus on clients

Halebury CEO and founder Denise Nurse talks about the the benefits of a streamlined model and how ABS’ are bringing the focus back to clients ahead of The Lawyer’s Business Leadership Summit 2016 What is it like delivering legal services as a smaller, more agile business? It’s liberating not being confined by the overarching infrastructure […]

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Work Life Quiz: Denise Nurse, Halebury

What was your first ever job? I stacked shelves in Iceland supermarket and was proud to be quickly promoted to the tills. There my communication skills could be put to best use. I got to know the older folk really well, who like to be at a shop first thing in the morning before the […]

Elevate undergoes restructuring in IPO prep

US-headquartered New Law business Elevate has carried out an internal reorganisation following a spate of acquisitions over the past year. The process comes as the provider concludes the integration process to incorporate four different companies purchased over the course of 2018 and 2019, including legal AI technology and consultancy LexPredict, contract lifecycle management provider Sumati […]

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Alibaba Group names new GC as affiliate hires Fangda chair

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group has appointed associate general counsel Sara Yu to head its group legal function, taking over the helm from former Freshfields partner Timothy Steinert. Steinert, who has been Alibaba’s group general counsel for 13 years, will remain with the group and serve as company secretary. He will also take on a senior […]

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