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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.


Chemical Reaction

Tatjana May and Shaun Grady do not exactly live the quiet life as assistant general counsels for pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Abigail Townsend highlights the plethora of complex deals that have been keeping them so busy. Ask most in-house lawyers why they left private practice and the term “lifestyle” will usually crop up. Not, however, for […]


One might assume that Reed Smith Warner Cranston won a place as adviser to McDonald’s on its purchase of a stake in Pret A Manger due to the recent US merger, but that is not the case. Peter Borrowdale, formerly the head of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office, which closed in September 1999, brought […]

Bradford & Bingley sets up commercial law panel

Bradford & Bingley is setting up its first ever formal legal panel for corporate and commercial work. The bank currently uses a number of firms on an ad hoc basis, but it will now instruct only those firms that make it onto the panel. Last year Bradford & Bingley, which demutualised late last year, slashed […]

St James's Chambers loses eight

Manchester set St James’s Chambers is to lose its chancery capability, with eight tenants moving to a Liverpool set. The main practice of 24-tenant St James’s was previously split between common law and chancery, but will now be left with only a common law capability. The chancery team comprises eight barristers: chancery silk and commercial […]


Eversheds chief to face sex bias claim

Eversheds North East head of employment Simon Loy is being taken to an industrial tribunal by a former assistant. Applicant Richael Maclaverty used to work in the employment practice under Loy in the Newcastle upon Tyne office. She resigned last year, telling the firm she was moving to Oxfordshire. But after quitting the regional firm, […]

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