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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.


Sabine Chalmers, BT

Sabine Chalmers can raise a toast to 2019; the GC at BT has made it through a year of reformation. Having been out of the country for 23 years, she landed in London in April to take on the GC mantle from Dan Fitz. The climate was somewhat frosty – BT had announced that it […]

Amy Rogers, 11KBW

Called in 2007, Amy Rogers has built up a reputation as one of the most sought-after juniors at the Bar for complex commercial litigation. She has been acting for Iranian bank Mellat in a decade-long legal battle over sanctions imposed by the Treasury in 2009. The bank successfully claimed in the Supreme Court that the […]

David Pollitt, DAC Beachcroft

One of the great unnoticed success stories of the last few years has been the internal financial revolution at DAC Beachcroft spearheaded by managing partner David Pollitt. In the last half-decade, the firm has more than doubled its average profit per equity partner, growing that figure by 103.1 per cent from £250,000 at the end […]

Sarah Nelson Smith, WeWork

In early 2018, KFC’s European legal head Sarah Nelson Smith signed off an advert in which the brand apologised for its chicken shortage with “FCK, we’re sorry”. It was a hectic month for the fast-food retailer and its legal team, which had to deal with the distribution crisis that stopped its famous chicken reaching its […]

Kate Tomlinson, Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Kate Tomlinson still remembers a deal in Africa from years ago, when she was working through the night replicating copies of transaction documents in view of a formal signing, assailed by mosquitoes and without an internet connection. The then-corporate lawyer thought there must be a better way of doing things. Now part […]

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