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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 real estate blog: Howes Percival grows in Cambridge

At the start of the month Howes Percival boosted its Cambridge office through the hire of a four strong team of real estate partners from Taylor Vinters. The move saw partners Steven Beach, Michaela Henson, Simon Murphy and Amy Richardson join Howes Percival in what was described as a “mutually agreed department transfer”. However, for […]


Howes Percival acquires Taylor Vinters Cambridge real estate team

Howes Percival has expanded its recently-opened Cambridge office with the acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ local real estate team, including four partners. Partners Steven Beach, Michaela Henson, Simon Murphy and Amy Richardson will transfer to Howes Percival, along with five associates and solicitors and four other members of staff in a mututally-agreed move. The transfer follows […]

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Howes Percival appoints ex-Eversheds partner as head of planning

Howes Percival has appointed former Eversheds partner Paul Wootton as head of its planning division. Wootton had been at Eversheds since 1997 and most recently had been working as the firm’s head of the firm’s energy and natural resources group. He will now be based in Howes Percival’s Norwich office. He has been involved in […]


Howes Percival opens real estate-focused office in Cambridge

Howes Percival has opened an office in Cambridge focusing on real estate following the appointment of new partner Jonathan Greenhalgh. The firm was originally looking to fill a position in its Milton Keynes office but instead decided to open a new office in Cambridge following talks with Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh joined from Cambridge-based firm Birketts, where […]

Howes Percival wins a spot on Camelot panel

Howes Percival has landed a place on National Lottery operator Camelot’s winners’ advisory panel, alongside a clutch of leading regional firms. The firm’s pitch was led by partner Jane Cowley, who joined the firm in April from rival Harvey Ingram and now heads both the family law and East Midlands ­private client teams. Other members […]

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