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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.


Hammonds corporate partner defects to Wragges M&A team

In a coup for the M&A department, Wragge & Co has wooed Baljit Chohan, corporate partner at Hammond Suddards Edge. The well regarded Chohan will work alongside Nick Smith, Ian Metcalfe and David Vaughan, carrying out transactions in the firm’s technology M&A team.Chohan has known Metcalfe for many years since meeting him on the opposite […]

Shock Story

Most law firms have realised the benefits of advertising, but it is now time to get creative. David Benady discovers that the tactics can only get more shocking Law firms arrived on the advertising scene at a time when people were already getting bored with adverts. In the early 1990s the legal sector was finally […]

SJ Berwin teams up for tax fight in Germany

SJ Berwin’s German arm SJ Berwin Knopf Tulloch Steininger and Berlin firm P+P Pöllath + Partners have set up a lobbying group to put pressure on the German tax authorities. Both firms are mounting pressure on tax authority representatives to support the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, and not to implement changes that […]

Lawyers are mad on 'er

Madonna’s latest, and possibly last ever (one can hope), UK tour is certainly the hottest ticket in town. But guess which law firm is treating its clients to see the queen of pop. No, not one of the trendy media outfits like Olswang or Harbottle & Lewis. It’s Slaughter and May.Tulkinghorn had no idea of […]

Separated at birth

North East firm Watson Burton redefined its management strategy recently with the appointment of its first managing director (The Lawyer, 25 June). However, Tulkinghorn has discovered the true extent of the restructuring, which goes a lot deeper than many realised. It seems that senior partner Andrew Hoyle has been usurped by Curly Watts, formerly of […]

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