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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.


Keeble Hawson advises start-up financial adviser support service

Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson has scored a deal advising independent financial adviser (IFA) support network 2plan on its start up. Leeds-based 2plan, which will provide a back-office system for IFAs across the country, has been set up by directors Chris Smallwood and Chris Davies with life office giant Standard Life taking a minority stake. […]

Shipping: Steady as she goes

Britannia is still holding her own in the shipping and international trade arena, says Fred Konynenburg Traditionally London has enjoyed a reputation as the world’s leading centre for resolving legal disputes in the fields of shipping and international trade. Recently, however, London’s global market share has come under assault from various competitors and, as a […]

Hill Dickinson to educate its lawyers on business matters

Hill Dickinson has launched a new training programme aimed at honing skills and improving its lawyers’ knowledge of the business. The firm has launched in-house training sessions for all lawyers in the Chester, Liverpool, London and Manchester offices to provide a better understanding of the firm and strengthen client relationships. Hill Dickinson managing partner Peter […]

A&O’s record year triggers new bonus

Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) London associates are set for a bonus of up to £23,100 following the firm’s record financial performance this year. According to the new bonus scheme, which went live in May this year, associates who meet the relevant competency requirements are in line for between 50 and 75 per cent of a […]

Thierry Henry turns to Mishcon for divorce

Mishcon de Reya has been appointed to handle the divorce of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry in what could be the biggest divorce payout by a footballer, with Henry’s fortune estimated at £25m. Mishcon partner and head of the family group Sandra Davis will be working on the case with assistant Ruth Abrams. Davis has […]

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