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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.


Bakers wins Narnia domain name battle

Baker & McKenzie has prevailed over a Scottish family in a fight over the domain name, after a decision from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Gillian Ferguson and Richard Saville-Smith bought the email domain name in 2006, so that their son, an avid fan of the Chronicles of Narnia books by author […]

New legal regulator’s membership revealed

Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier QC and former Reuters general counsel Rosemary Martin are among the first members of the newly appointed Legal Services Board (LSB). Set up under the Legal Services Act to serve as the overarching regulator for the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar ­Standards Board, the nine-member LSB will have […]

Kaye Scholer bulks up US operations

Kaye Scholer has beefed up its US presence with a number of hires in New York and Los Angeles. In New York, the firm has snared a duo of structured finance partners from Thacher Proffitt & Wood as well as an IP partner from Latham & Watkins. In Los Angeles, the firm has hired a […]


Anglo-Saxon firms dominate France’s top 30

Anglo-Saxon firms have fared better in France than in other European jurisdictions, according to a table of financial results from French legal publication Juristes Associés. Almost two-thirds of the top 30 by revenue, if the legal arms of accountancy firms Ernst ;& ;Young ;and Landwell are included, are firms that have headquarters outside France. A […]

RPC offloads Tiverton base to Kennedys

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is to hand its Tiverton office to insurance rivals Kennedys as a going concern. The firm will transfer its Devon arm, which numbers one partner and six lawyers, to Kennedys on Monday (28 July). RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said Tiverton no longer seemed an appropriate base for the firm. “The […]

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