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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.


BLP adds regulatory might with A&O hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has signalled its ­commitment to its financial services regulatory team with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) partner ­Sidney Myers. Myers is currently head of A&O’s regulatory investigations group; he will join BLP in the newly created role of head of financial services and run a team of six partners […]

Travers resigned to harder times

Travers Smith managing partner Chris Carroll has predicted more woe for M&A lawyers after the ­corporate-heavy firm saw its average profit per equity partner (PEP) fall by more than 7 per cent last year. Travers ;increased turnover by 3.2 per cent to £81m, narrowly beating the firm’s record 2007 showing, but PEP dropped by 7.6 […]

Covington launches first Asia office

US law firm Covington & Burling has launched its first office in Asia today (23 July), with its former management chair Stuart Stock heading the team in Beijing. Joining Stock, who served as chair for six years before stepping down in January, will be former Warner Bros Entertainment executive Ellen Eliasoph and Cao Yu, an […]

Professional negligence

October will see the end of the solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance season, when lawyers will again benefit from low insurance rates. Lawyers are being warned, though, of an imminent rating correction. Compared with the medical and audit professions, lawyers get off lightly when it comes to PI rates. This is indicative of the risks […]

Steve Moorhouse, Home Group legal

If home is where the heart is, affordable housing is where Home Group legal chief Steve Moorhouse wants to be. Years of property speculation, ­combined with underinvestment in social housing and ;a ;growing population has aggravated the ­situation for British people looking to get on the property ladder. But at the same time political awareness […]

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