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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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YouGov poll reveals US firms lack pulling power

UK firms could be winning the battle for talent, as exclusive research by The Lawyer reveals that only 7 per cent of associates found US firms to be the most attractive employers. Only 6 per cent of the 2,886 lawyers polled found US firms appealing as employers. Global UK firms were the most popular, winning […]

Rights and gongs

A few lawyers out there share something in common with Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham. A few lawyers out there share something in common with Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham and Ian ‘Beefy’ Botham. No, not a penchant for page three stunnas and a Stringfellows loyalty card, but recognition in the Queen’s Birthday […]

A&O lawyer posthumously wins death row case

A former Allen & Overy (A&O) lawyer has had a prisoner’s death sentence repealed two years after the lawyer’s death. Former A&O litigation associate Richard Hamilton first represented Wilberforce Bernard, a prisoner on death row in Trinidad, in 1998 in an appeal against his conviction for murder. Hamilton worked on a pro bono basis. After […]

Linde raids Johnson & Johnson for new GC

Energy group Linde has hired Christian Rau from Johnson & Johnson to replace outgoing general counsel Nick Deeming. Rau was head of legal for Germany, Austria and Switzerland for Johnson & Johnson, and had also spent time in the company’s US and Brussels offices. Before that, Rau worked in the Berlin and Cologne offices of […]

Russell Jones & Walker: Neil Kinsella

If there’s a new innovation in personal injury, the chances are that RJW’s Neil Kinsella has got something to do with it Name: Neil Kinsella Firm: Russell Jones & Walker Title: Chief executive and managing partner Firm turnover: £38.5m Total number of lawyers: 93 Neil Kinsella’s CV Education: LLB, University of Manchester Work history: 1983: […]

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