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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.


Killer name

A couple of late entries for Tulkinghorn’s quest for the most comical email addresses. First this blatant bit of self-promotion from Michael Franks of William Sturges & Co: “If you go back to the days of telex and telex ‘answer back’, Harris Chetham & Co (commonly known as ‘Harass and Cheatem’) had a telex answer […]

England’s exploits bring out the hooligan in Mayer Brown

After England’s, ahem, heroic exploits at the weekend, the nation’s lawyers are returning home to pop in on The Lawyer Awards tonight before heading back out for the Portugal game on Saturday. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw head of securitisation Dominic Griffiths nearly failed to get into the England game. On the eve of the […]

Lovells rebuilds in Germany with Luther raid

Lovells has finally moved to rebuild its German securitisation practice with the hire of a three lawyer team from the Ernst & Young associate firm Luther. Partner Sven Brandt starts at the firm in August and brings with him Isabelle Knoché-Hess, who joins as of counsel, and associate Richard Reimer. Brandt said: “There is a […]

Baker & McKenzie signs trainees up to College of Law’s new bespoke LPC

Baker & McKenzie has become the latest firm to sign up to the College of Law’s bespoke LPC. Known as the ‘Baker & McKenzie LPC+’, the course will be delivered to trainees, starting with the September 2007 intake. As first reported on (3 March), the college has also teamed up with Berwin Leighton Paisner […]

Orrick boosts Rome with Pocci takeover

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has absorbed boutique Studio Legale Pocci to bolster its corporate practice in Rome. Sole practitioner Marco Pocci joins with one associate and brings clients such as Buena Vista Hospitality Group and transport company Omnialogistic. Pocci is dual Italian/UK qualified and has experience working in Hong Kong for Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. […]

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