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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.


Forsters lands Chester CC rebuild work

London firm Forsters has scooped a massive contract to advise Chester City Council on the major redevelopment of its town centre. To be appointed for the project, the 19-partner firm beat two top 10 London firms and two leading regional firms. Forsters was invited to pitch at the end of last year and had to […]

Eversheds IP chief moves to Martineau

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson is taking on the head of intellectual property from Eversheds‘ Nottingham office to boost its high-tech practice. Niall Head-Rapson joins the firm a week after it won Tom McGuire from Cambridge firm Taylor Vinters, where he was head of innovation and technology. Head-Rapson, a specialist in biotechnology work, says: “There is […]


Durlacher Corporation forms joint venture and alliance with venture capitalist BMP. Durlacher advised by SJ Berwin (Jonathan Metliss). BMP advised in-house. Stessa makes £68.7m bid to take property investment company Moorfield Group private. Stessa advised by CMS Cameron McKenna (Barney Hearnden). Moorfield advised by Herbert Smith (Nigel Farr). Abbott Laboratories acquires BASF’s pharmaceuticals business for […]

Glory glory

Director of Manchester United FC and James Chapman & Co senior partner Maurice Watkins tries to explain the offside rule

Cooley boosts tax with West Coast lawyer

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward has pulled off a coup against nearest rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with the hire of its former head of tax. Glen Kohl is one of the top tax and M&A lawyers in California. He left his position at Wilson Sonsini in 1993 to join the US Department of […]

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