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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.


Full support

Recent rulings have brought charities to the forefront of public service. By Chris Priestley The role of charities in the provision of public services has evolved dramatically in recent years and looks to have been given centre stage in the current Government’s agenda. In the immediate aftermath of World War II the UK public and […]

Lombardis creates new senior roles

Italian litigation firm Lombardi Molinari e Associati has shaken up its partnership structure, creating two new positions for associates to aim for. Lombardis has introduced junior partners and senior associates posts for the first time. Seven associates have become junior partners, while the firm also bagged Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior associate David Fontana to take […]

Gunner bummer

SJ Berwin real estate partner Nick Minkoff was the leading punter in The Lawyer’s World Cup fantasy football competition. A self-proclaimed “tactical genius”, who entered his tips only after 11pm while still in the office, Minkoff used all his tactical nous to match his team to that of his rivals, therefore protecting his lead. It […]

Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

Hammonds usurps DLA Piper for Tesco adviser role

Hammonds has ousted DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary from its role as supermarket giant Tesco’s main employment law adviser. The firm’s Leeds employment head Mark Shrives led a national team bidding for the work against DLA Piper and a number of other firms. As first reported on (12 July), Shrives described the appointment as […]

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