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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.



Ward of the land

As the go-to person in disputed Land Registry applications, the independence of the adjudicator is of key importance. By Michelle Stevens-Hoare The adjudicator to HM Land Registry is an independent judge appointed for the purpose of overseeing disputed applications that arise at the Land Registry. The adjudicator, his deputies and staff constitute an independent tribunal […]

Raft of firms steer sale of V2 Music

London firm Sheridans has drafted in a range of firms to advise Morgan Stanley on the sale of V2 Music to Universal Music Group (UMG). The team at Sheridans was led by the firm’s corporate and commercial head Rex Nwakodo, who oversaw and co-ordinated the deal. The transaction saw a roster of firms get involved […]

HGF fills patents niche in Scotland

English patent and trademark firm Harrison Goddard Foote (HGF) has opened its first office in Scotland, poaching Marks & Clerk partner Gary Wilson for a Glasgow launch. Wilson, who specialises in pharmaceutical and engineering patents, will lead the new office, which will focus on patent applications for renewable energy and oil and gas clients. Currently […]

Slaughters chief hits out at PEP obsession

Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark has described the legal market’s focus on average profit per equity partner (PEP) as a “negative influence”. Clark debates the best measure of firm performance with Allen & Overy managing partner David Morley, Clifford Chance managing partner David Childs, DLA Piper CEO Nigel Knowles and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer […]

Ben Hoare Bell doubles up in Newcastle

•Sunderland’s Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle. •Sunderland’s Ben Hoare Bell has opened a second office in Newcastle. The new office in Byker is the firm’s second in the city after it launched a base on Tyneside’s Jesmond district in February. The eight-partner firm is one of the largest legal aid […]

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