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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.



JMW Solicitors half-year revenue up 26 per cent

Manchester-based JMW Solicitors has posted a 26 per cent rise in turnover from £6.3m to £7.98m for first six months of the 2013/2014 financial year. JMW saw a slower start the year in 2012, reporting a 14 per cent rise in revenue at the half-year stage (19 November 2012). The firm also said net profit […]

No5 Chambers wins the 2013 Marie Curie Birmingham Brain Game

The 2013 Marie Curie Birmingham Brain Game has been won for the third time by No5 Chambers. The quiz master for this year’s charity showcase brainteaser was Emma Willis, a TV presenter from Sutton Coldfield. The quiz and auction raised more than £100,000 with 51 teams from the legal and other business sectors competing. Nicola […]

Defeat on Washington I-522 GMO labelling

By Mary B Langowski, Stefanie Jill Fogel, Gail Rodgers, Julie L Hussey, Margaret D Craig and So-Eun Lee State-sponsored GMO-labelling efforts faced defeat in Washington State’s November 2013 election. Voters rejected Washington State’s Initiative Measure 522 (I-522) proposal, 51.21 per cent to 48.79 per cent. Washington’s I-522, known as the ‘Mandatory Labelling of Genetically Engineered […]


Eversheds opts out of NHS Shared Business pitch as new panel revealed

Eversheds decided against pitching for a role on the expanded NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) panel at the latest review despite working on six of its nine ‘lots’ since 2009. Successful firms were told of the outcome of the review yesterday. The NHS expanded the panel for the business and procurement service from 16 […]

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MJ Hudson bulks up with hires from CMS and SJ Berwin

Boutique funds firm MJ Hudson has added to its team with the hire of a duo of senior lawyers, including legacy SJ Berwin partner Graham Nicholson. Nicholson joins MJ Hudson as a consultant, along with CMS Cameron McKenna senior associate Karma Samdup, who has become a partner at the boutique. Samdup will also head up […]

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