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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.


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BBC Scotland head of legal Alistair Bonnington’s aim is to progress Scottish media law to the full. His achievements so far suggest he’s the right guy for the job. Naomi Rovnick reports

US firms more to offer than money

Money is not the main motivation behind UK lawyers switching to US firms, according to a survey conducted by IQ Research for legal recruitment consultancy Graham Gill Instead, lawyers appreciate the lack of hierarchy with their US cousins, with 34 per cent of respondents moving and staying with a US firm for the collegiate, flat […]

Norton Rose chief joins Richards Butler in Greece

Richards Butler has hired the head of Norton Rose’s litigation team in Greece John Reece has joined the office in Piraeus, where he will be managing partner. He specialises in shipping litigation, including casualties, pollution claims, cargo claims, crew disputes and ship sale and purchase arbitration.

Loyens shores up London with partner relocation

Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has boosted its London office by relocating a second partner to join the office on a full-time basis Corporate partner Bas Vletter has moved from Rotterdam to run the practice with tax consultant Marc Klerks. The office has 14 other fee-earners. Vletter specialises in structured finance and capital markets work […]

Camerons partner defects to head A&O's Beijing office

Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken on CMS Cameron McKenna partner Yongfu Li as chief representative (managing partner) of its Beijing office Li, who joins as a consultant, has headed Camerons’ Beijing office since 1999.Li claimed that A&O’s reputation in finance was what attracted him. “I believe A&O has a much better platform for me,” […]

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