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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.


Kirkland London bags four new partners

Kirkland & Ellis has made up four partners in London as part of a round that saw 62 promotions worldwide. Kon Asimacopoulos has been promoted within the London restructuring practice while the banking and finance practice has seen the promotion of Phillip Crump. Anu Balasubramanian and James MacArthur have been made up in the corporate […]

Johnson Stokes overhauls management team

Hong Kong’s largest firm, Johnson Stokes & Master’s senior partner Robert Lynn has stepped down and is to be replaced by the firm’s managing partner of its commercial practice, Elaine Lo. Lynn is remaining as a partner in the firm’s real estate practice while John Marsden is to take the role of managing partner for […]

Beachcroft hires public law associate

Beachcroft has bolstered its public law group with a key hire from NHS regulator, Monitor. Sarah Jerebine, former in-house counsel at Monitor, will join the firm’s London office as an associate. Beachcrofts head of public law, Stephen Hocking, said: “We are hoping to expand the time during the next year. It’s fantastic that we have […]

CEDR kicks off mediation audit

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has launched its biennial audit into commercial mediation, the only review of its kind in the UK. The previous audit, held in 2005, found that the mediation market has grown by 35 per cent to 2,700 mediations a year. The statistics also showed that in 2005 there were […]

Foot Anstey to merge with Cornwall’s Hancock Caffin

South West solicitors Foot Anstey and Cornish firm Hancock Caffin are merging to become the largest law firm in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. The new firm will go under the banner Foot Anstey, although it will be known as Foot Anstey and Hancock Caffin in Cornwall. The merger will take place on 1 December and […]

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