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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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Bircham & Co wins client a Lords seat

Westminster law firm Bircham & Co has won a seat in the House of Lords for its client. The firm has proved its client’s barony, which comes with a seat in the upper chamber, after a 50-year gap in the Arlington line. But it is likely to be a short-term tenure since hereditary peerages are […]

St Philip's adds top QC and four juniors to its growing portfolio

The biggest chambers in the UK, St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham, is continuing its rapid expansion by poaching five barristers from rival sets. The influx is being led by commercial and family silk, Heather Swindells QC, who joins from leading London set 36 Bedford Row. Swindells, a recorder, is founder and chairman of both the […]

IP specialist goes global

Ernest Kay, the leading intellectual property lawyer, is moving his base from rural Dorset to the City, while establishing a number of European and US alliances. Sole practitioner Kay, who doubles up as a scientist, will retain his Poole office in Dorset but has been forced to move to London to service what he claims […]

Lawyers fight Straw's bid to axe jury trial

Lawyers, legal groups and academics plan to lobby MPs in a bid to stop Jack Straw pushing through plans to restrict defendants’ rights to a trial by jury. The Home Secretary’s enormous U-turn – which will see magistrates deciding whether “either way” cases should go to Crown Court – has been met by outrage across […]

Allen & Overy boosts its European offices

Allen & Overy is relocating three of its London banking partners to boost its Paris and Frankfurt offices. Peter Hockless, banking partner at A&O, set up the firm’s Paris office in 1989 and is returning to join the banking department’s two partners. Heather McCallum and George Link, both banking partners, are moving to A&O’s Frankfurt […]

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