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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.



Memery Crystal is a 12-partner firm with a leading reputation among AIM-nominated advisers (nomads) as the predominant AIM firm. Its corporate finance practice consists of four partners – Peter Crystal, Lesley Gregory, Jonathan Davies and Greg Scott – supported by 10 further fee-earners. Corporate finance is the biggest part of the corporate group. The remaining […]

The Insider

Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]


Lovells has hired Linklaters & Alliance’s international chief Marc Bartel. A major figure in the Alliance merger discussions, Bartel has been brought on board to work on Lovells’ international expansion plans.

Stephenson Harwood hires insurance head

Stephenson Harwood is bolstering its insurance/reinsurance practice by securing a new head from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Former equity partner Paul Howick joined Barlow Lyde in 1987 from Holman Fenwick & Willan. He specialises in international insurance/reinsurance litigation and commercial dispute resolution. Barlow Lyde is regarded as the leading City firm in both general claims […]

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

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