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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.


Shaw Pittman London ripped apart by MoFo raid

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has raided Shaw Pittman’s London office by taking its three remaining partners including outsourcing star Alistair Maughan. Shaw Pittman’s London managing partner Maughan is joining MoFo together with outsourcing and technology partners David Skinner and Andrew Smith. MoFo has added an excellent outsourcing team to its burgeoning London office following up […]

DLA hires Pinsents’ IP head to lead Birmingham push

DLA has stolen Pinsents head of intellectual property to kickstart its Birmingham IP practice. Highly rated partner Marie McMorrow, who is head of both Pinsents IP and automotive groups, will join DLA on 6 December, bringing with her senior associate Colin Leech. Her clients include Avon Cosmetics and Unomedical. The move signals DLA’s push into […]

It’s a class thing

Tomorrow is a big day for nine major City firms, which are going to be signing something called the Diversity In Law Statement of Intent. Some big guns will be attending: Tony Angel of Linklaters and Mike Francies of Weil Gotshal, to name but two. (As an aside, it’s interesting A&O is going to be there, given […]

Commitment to diversity bags Reed Smith top Sara Lee place

Sara Lee Corporation has promoted US firm Reed Smith to the top tier of its panel, due in part to the firm’s commitment to promoting racial and sexual diversity. Sara Lee, which manufactures a broad range of underwear lines such as Wonderbra and Playtex, as well as food and household products, has moved into the […]

Nine top City firms to launch joint initiative on diversity

Nine top City firms are among a group of organisations launching a ‘common diversity in law’ policy tomorrow (30 November). It comes a week after David Lammy, the Minister for Constitutional Affairs, called on firms and chambers to look outside Oxbridge for recruits. Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, DLA, Freshfields […]

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