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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.


Lester Aldridge names managing partner

Lester Aldridge names managing partner” />South East firm Lester Aldridge has elected Michael Giddins as managing partner. Giddins, head of the dispute resolution group, beat rival candidates Rachel Lapworth, the head of real estate, and corporate partner Tim Ford to the post. Head of fast-track Karen Savage withdrew from the race. Incumbent Roger Wooley returns […]

BT brings in two to boost legal team

BT has recruited two lawyers as part of its drive to ramp up its in-house capability across its legal function following the creation of its Openreach division in January. The main beneficiary of the recruitment campaign is BT’s Wholesale division, which provides network services to UK businesses. Thomas Bucknall, the former European counsel of ViewSonic, […]

Separated at birth

It’s summer so it must be Big Brother. Sadly, this year it’s even more inescapable than ever, with countless hugely annoying contestants and wall-to-wall coverage 24 hours a day, probably until Christmas. Mrs Tulkinghorn is in reality TV heaven. Talking of annoying contestants, none has been more unpopular than this year’s first evictee, Sezer. The […]

Penningtons results show slow growth

South East firm Penningtons has announced its year-end financial results, revealing increases in turnover and profit per equity partner (PEP). PEP crept up just 4 per cent from 2004-05’s £125,000 to £130,000 and turnover grew 10 per cent from £25.9m to £28.5m. Managing partner Lesley Lintott was unavailable for comment. The firm also promoted six associates to […]

CC hires private jet for England while Aussies drink more

After yesterday’s revelations that Field Fisher Waterhouse just don’t give a damn, Clifford Chance shows that it really cares and takes the prize for showiest client event by far at this World Cup. Forget the big screens and the sausages on sticks, CC’s cunning plan involved hiring – get this – a private jet to […]

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