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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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Bond Pearce secures wave farm permission

Bond Pearce has advised the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the first wave farm in the UK to gain planning approval. Bond Pearce planning partner John Houghton said the farm off the coast of Cornwall, known as ‘Wave Hub’, can generate enough electricity to power 3,000 homes. “This is the first of […]

Canon’s Euro GC quits for Govt tech role

Canon Europe general counsel Gordon Stewart will be leaving the Japanese multinational to lead and develop a legal team at the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council. In his new role Stewart, who has been in-house with Canon for 16 years, will hold the position of director of legal services and will oversee an annual […]

Linklaters banking chief moves to New York

Linklaters banking chief moves to New York” />Linklaters’ global head of finance & projects John Tucker is being relocated to New York to become the firm’s managing partner for the Americas. Tucker, who was originally seen as a favourite to succeed Tony Angel as firmwide managing partner, will assume the role of the Americas chief […]

Stuck in the middle

The US sub-prime mortgage decline has had a knock-on effect in Europe. Thank heavens for the mid-market, says Stuart Brinkworth, which is keeping leveraged deals alive Despite recent developments in the European leveraged loan market, the mid-market still has reason to be cheerful. Over the past two years the credit bubble has been personified by […]

Managing employee happiness

We spend a large proportion of our lives at work and therefore it is vital that we are happy in what we do. What makes us happy in the workplace can vary from the type of work we do and our relationships with colleagues through to flexible hours and benefits packages. Yet Badenoch & Clark’s […]

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