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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.


Sonsini, the scandal and the ‘Mad Dog’

The row surrounding Hewlett-Packard has dominated the US press for the past few weeks. There have been all sorts of righteous editorials decrying the “free-wheeling” Silicon Valley business practices that the nation thought it had rid itself of when Enron went down the pan. Given his importance in the Valley, it’s no surprise that California’s […]

Giuliani’s firm set to make a splash in City

Bracewell & Giuliani, the firm of former New York Mayor and prospective presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani, is launching in London and is on track to be fully operational by the end of the year. Managing partner Pat Oxford told The Lawyer that the firm was recruiting a “handful of solicitors” for the office, whose purpose […]

How the West was fun

What would you do with six months’ full-paid gardening leave? Tulkinghorn would invest in a fine case of oak-aged scotch and spend one half-year sipping it. Not so IP partner Nicola Dagg, who was faced with the same question after leaving the Lovells partnership for Allen & Overy (A&O). She instead trained as a cowgirl […]

Brabners appoints sports consultant

Brabners Chaffe Street has boosted its sports law team with the appointment of Andy Gray as a sports regulatory consultant. Gray will be a part-time consultant, retaining his position as head of legal affairs at national swimming governing body British Swimming, a post he has held since 1996. Gray advises on disciplinary, regulatory and governance […]

Thompsons overhauls management

Trade-union and personal injury specialist Thompsons has a new chief executive and has created the new post of executive chair. Current CEO Geoff Shears moves into the new executive chair role, while client director Stephen Cavalier, formerly the head of the firm’s employment rights group, takes Shears’ place as CEO. Cavalier commented: “It’s a balance […]

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