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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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Russell Jones & Walker lands role on FA saga

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has been instructed by the Football Association’s (FA) director of communications, Colin Gibson. Clive Howard, an employment partner at RJW, will act for Gibson in matters relating to his position at the FA. Gibson handed in his resignation on Sunday following newspaper revelations over his handling of the Faria Alam […]

Salans bolsters property with lateral

Salans’ property expertise has been given a boost by drafting in a commercial property expert into its fold. Adrian Wallace previously headed the property team at Wallace LLP (then called Wallace & Partners) before leaving to spend time in the United States. He returned to the UK earlier this year and started his own practice, […]

Eversheds retained by FA in Sven scandal

Eversheds’ employment partner Peter Norbury has emerged as the solicitor acting for the Football Association (FA) on its inquiry into the Sven-Göran Eriksson scandal. Norbury will provide the evidence to be put before an emergency meeting of the FA board next Thursday (5 August). The FA inquiry follows an erroneous statement released last week, and […]

White & Case Italy targets Morano for rebuilding plan

White & Case is attempting to reinvigorate its Italian operation by taking on the name partner of Milan independent Morano e Associati. The US firm is in advanced talks with Alberto Morano, a private equity and acquisition finance specialist and managing partner of the Milan-based boutique. While no deal has yet been finalised, it is […]

Part-time option opens up for judges

Constitutional affairs secretary Lord Falconer announced today (4 August) that part-time sitting will be an option for all judicial appointments below High Court level from next April. The move is intended to increase diversity in the judiciary by allowing more people to take up a judicial appointment. A working group set up to investigate the […]

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