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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.


Midlands muddle

Plenty of lawyers put their brain power to use last week in response to a story that a survey had placed London well behind Bradford for law firm locations. Using the Backchat function, which allows lawyers to offer informed comment on all the breaking news of the day, a number of bloggers, most going under […]

Cadwalader launches IP practice

New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched an IP practice, raiding IP firm Morgan & Finnegan for a trio of senior lawyers. The initial raid is the first step as the firm looks to roll out an IP practice across all of its offices, which include London and Beijing. Partner Christopher Hughes joins […]


Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo

Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo” />Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East. While no launch date has been set, the office will support Japanese-backed projects in the Middle East and will target sponsors and financial institutions. Peter Martyr, […]

No consumer apathy in Which? case, say lawyers

The lack of consumers named in Which?’s landmark representative action is not due to consumer apathy, according to lawyers on the case. Clyde & Co is advising the consumer group on its action, which involves suing retailer JJB Sports on behalf of people who bought overpriced replica England and Manchester United FC football shirts between […]

A&O, LeBoeuf take on Newfield divestment

Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield Exploration Company’s UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK’s biggest energy supplier. The deal sees Centrica take an 85 per cent stake in the Grove gas field, which started production this summer, as well as an […]

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