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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.


Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds

Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds” />Few cases feature elements as unusual as an unsigned will and a secret stash of antique diamonds. But the pro bono case that faced Lorna Brazell, an IP partner at City firm Bird & Bird, had both. More used to handling pro bono copyright […]

The work-life quiz

What was your first-ever job? Selling old books to customers who looked even older in an antiquarian bookshop in Bournemouth. What was your worst experience as a pupil? I was asked to give a time estimate for my first case. I hadn’t got a clue and predicted a couple of hours. The case took three […]

Ince overseas offices undergo sea change

Ince & Co has returned to its maritime roots with four new partners, all based in the firm’s foreign offices. The promotions see the firm moving away from the trend of recent years, where the bulk of new partners have been based in the UK. It is the second year running that Ince has made […]

Paris set for Short, Arse

With the Champions League final edging ever closer, Tulkinghorn thought readers would like an update on Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partner and obsessive Arsenal fan Stephen Short. Many of you will remember that the football nut was having trouble concentrating on his work while he waited to find out if the Gunners had made it […]

DLA Piper finalises Aussie alliance

Longtime collaborators DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Phillips Fox are set to formalise their relationship. DLA Piper is in advanced talks with the Australian firm to form an alliance. The two firms already refer work to each other. DLA Piper joint chief executive Nigel Knowles told The Lawyer: “Phillips Foxhas been known to us […]

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