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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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K&L Gates acquires A&O’s old home

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis (K&L Gates) has agreed to move to Allen & Overy’s former offices at One New Change. The US firm’s London office, the bulk of which consists of the legacy Nicholson Graham & Jones, plans to take up to 142,000 sq ft of office space in the site adjacent to […]

Littleton duo launch mediation service

The former head of Littleton Chambers Michel Kallipetis QC has teamed up with the set’s former chief executive David Douglas to launch Independent Mediators, a mediation outfit. •The former head of Littleton Chambers Michel Kallipetis QC has teamed up with the set’s former chief executive David Douglas to launch Independent Mediators, a mediation outfit. The […]

RPC misses target after ‘difficult year’

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has failed to hit its projected £55m turnover, posting a flat result for 2006-07 of £52.9m. Average profit per equity partner at the all-equity partnership (one of the few left in the City) was also virtually flat, rising by less than £10,000 per partner, from £286,000 to £295,000. Chief executive Adrian […]

Financial lawyers’ group adds judge to ranks

The Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA) has bolstered its advisory board with the addition of chancery judge Mr Justice David Richards. Richards J, who is chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, was asked to sit on the board because of his experience on a number of financial services-related cases, such as Real Estate Opportunities v […]

Bar regulator kicks off code of conduct overhaul

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to overhaul its code of conduct for barristers for the first time since it was published in 1981, setting aside three years for the project. The BSB has published a consultation paper for barristers to give their opinions on how to update the rules to take into account […]

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