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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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Big hitters join dispute resolution panel

The former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf and former Court of Appeal Judge Sir Henry Brooke are among the big hitters that have joined a new panel at the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). These dispute resolution experts join 34 mediators on CEDR’s Solve Direct panel, which allows mediators to be booked directly through […]

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 […]

LeBoeuf makes senior Vinson hire

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has poached Vinson & Elkins energy partner Dirk Walker to beef up its Beijing presence. Walker, who has experience in M&A, project finance and infrastructure development work, has a particular focus on oil and gas work in emerging markets. His addition boosts LeBoeuf’s Beijing partner headcount to two, with Walker […]

Judges told to stick to the day job as mediation pilot fails

The controversial pilot scheme in the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) to test whether judges can act as mediators looks doomed to failure after being used just twice during its first year. The judges’ mediation scheme, when launched, was greeted with derision from solicitors, arbitrators and mediators, who described it as a terrible idea and […]

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Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department. •Keelys Solicitors has promoted Paul Roberts to its partnership. Roberts joined the Lichfield-based firm 15 months ago as an associate and head of the employment department. •US firm Akin […]

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