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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.


EasyGroup appoints IP head

easyGroup has filled its head of IP role, hiring Anthony Robb-John as managing director of easyGroup IP from mobile content company Monstermob Group. Robb-John was head of legal at Monstermob and will take up his new position at the start of December, reporting to easyGroup founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou. His role is commercial rather than purely […]

Former Shearman finance head joins Taylor Wessing

Former Shearman & Sterling securitisation specialist Marke Raines hasresurfaced at the London office of Taylor Wessing. Raines left Shearman in March 2005. He said he had had “a career break” ofjust over a year before deciding to return to the law. The move follows the hire last month of Graham Wedlake, a former BarlowLyde & […]

DLA Piper: Men of the world

DLA Piper’s global reach continues to grow apace, but only time will tell whether the firm has the capability to make good on its expansion strategy. By David Middleton DLA Piper: Men of the world” />The ‘brains trust’ at DLA Piper has a grand vision, and so far it certainly has not been shy about […]

Halliwells hires for Sheffield launch

Halliwells has hired DLA Piper partner Steven Fennell to launch its Yorkshire corporate recovery practice. Fennell leaves DLA Piper’s Birmingham office and will be based at his new firm’s office in Sheffield. He commented: “This is a unique opportunity to launch a corporate recovery practice in Yorkshire. We’ll be looking to grow the team and […]

Kirkpatrick goes DLA-lite

On Preston Gates’ website it claims the firm’s roots stretch back to 1883, when “Harold Preston arrived in Seattle on a train from Iowa”. Now Peter Kalis has arrived on a plane from Pittsburgh, it’s time for the next chapter. Kalis, head of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, has always had grand ambitions for his […]

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