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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.


Summertime, and eventing is easy

Pessimistic party planners will be organising their summer events al fresco with one eye on the weather and contingency plan B at the ready in case the skies open. Summer events should not be confined to the simple pleasures of drinking and eating indoors protected from the elements that characterises so many gatherings during the […]

Partners mobilise

The increasing mobility of partners must make any managing partner wonder if there is ever again likely to be any stability in firms. Every week we carry news of the latest defections, and recruitment consultants tell us it is a trend which is escalating rather than abating. For those firms that have invested time and […]


Hammond Suddards advised a group of institutional investors on their £29m financing of Leapfrog

The Lawyer awards

The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards is entering its fourth year. Now recognised as the premier award ceremony for the legal marketplace, it recognises excellence across the entire profession. This year, the calibre of entries is higher than ever and it is rewarding to see that so many people are putting so much effort in to taking part. […]

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