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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.


Shaw Pittman poaches IP team from rival firm

Washington DC firm Shaw Pittman has wooed an IP team from Crowell & Moring just a month after announcing a major expansion plan. The rapidly growing high-tech firm is taking three partners and seven other lawyers from its 250-lawyer strong rival. Crowell & Moring’s chair of litigation and head of IP Lawrence Gotts and his […]

Menolds merges with duo

Stuttgart-based Menold Herrlinger Reinking & Partner is doubling in size by merging with two other German practices. Dirtmund and Bochum firm Aulinger & Spieker and Essen based Krameyer von Falkenhausen Hanke & Partner will join up with Menold Herrlinger in June. Menold Herrlinger currently has less than 65 lawyers. A spokesman says: “The firms will […]


Eversheds acted for Jarvis on its $75m (£47.5m) and £63.5m debt private finance placements in the US. The firm also advised the company on its bilateral banking arrangements with Barclays Bank

Stephen Ball

After spending more than 10 years practising in-house, Nomura’s chief general counsel has joined the UK law practice of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Claire Smith talks to Stephen Ball about the career opportunity he just could not pass up. Nomura’s chief general counsel Stephen Ball says that he had a flood of job offers before […]

It's been a bad week for…

Mark Brown, a member of one of the UK’s richest families, walked free from court this week after being found not guilty of organising an anti-capitalist demonstration which led to a riot. Brown, a former public schoolboy and grandson of Sir Derek Vestey, was alleged to have been one of the organisers of the Carnival […]

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