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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.


Jones Day to ditch private client group

Jones Day is set to axe its private client practice following the departure of current head Jennet Davies. Jones Day is set to axe its private client practice following the departure of current head Jennet Davies. Davies is set to join Withers in early September as a partner in its private client team, advising high-net-worth individuals on […]

Unnamed and shamed

There’s always one. No matter how crass or cheap, the chance to get some free publicity will always appeal to a certain type of firm. A press release last week falls firmly into this category. Titled ‘Employers face new challenges following Terrorist attacks’ (the capitals are the author’s), the guff went on to say how […]

Careers: People

Kent firm Vizards Wyeth has appointed two new partners. Fiona Simpson joins the commercial litigation department from Orchard, where she was a partner, while Susanna Gilmartin, an employment specialist, joins from ASB Law in Croydon, where she headed the employment team. Veale Wasbrough has taken on a new lawyer. Iain McColl of Taylor Wessing joins […]

Osborne Clarke case sees courts accept written offers of payment

Osborne Clarke case sees courts accept written offers of payment” />Osborne Clarke has won a landmark Court of Appeal case, which means that clients can submit a written offer rather than tying up their funds with a payment into court. Osborne Clarke senior associate Grant Squire and Mark Simpson of Fountain Court Chambers acted for […]


Herrington to splash FSA cash It appears that former Clifford Chance investment funds partner Tim Herrington will have up to £2m more to spend on the in-house team and external legal advisers of his choice after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) announced the creation of a separate legal function for the Regulatory Decisions Committee (RDC). […]

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