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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.


A&O’s mouth almighty

Grapevine applauded the chutzpah of the head of Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) financial institutions group Alistair Asher following the merger between building societies Nationwide and Portman. Asher declared: “This is the number one building society merging with the number three, and will make smaller building societies question what their meaning in life is. If you […]

DLA Piper raids CMS in Central Europe

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, the Austro-Czech arm of DLA Piper, has poached the Sofia head of CMS Cameron McKenna for its fledgling Prague office. Commercial partner Peter Valert worked out of both Camerons’ Prague and Sofia offices, his TMT practice ran across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). “DLA is a firm on the move,” Valert told […]

PHSO invites tenders for first legal panel

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is creating its first-ever legal panel. The London-based regulator, which investigates more than 3,000 complaints each year about the NHS, Government departments and other public bodies, is creating the panel for general, litigation and employment advice. In-houser Anne Harding said: “We’re looking to ensure that public money is […]

Low costs keep North West firms ticking over

Apart from the revelations about Avalon, The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report once again shed light on the way the market in the North West is currently looking. The good news for law firms in the region is that costs remain low. Avalon aside, Keoghs was the only North West firm with a cost per […]

Taylor Macmillan rides in on IP/IT boutique wave

A three-partner litigation boutique has launched in London’s West End bringing together lawyers from News International, Carter-Ruck and Mishcon de Reya. Called Taylor Macmillan, the firm will specialise in media litigation and IP, acting for both defendants and claimants of libel actions. Daniel Taylor, a senior in-house lawyer at News International, set up the firm […]

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