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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.


All roads lead to London

Another week, another takeover for Halliwells. This time the North West’s most muscular outfit has done a deal in its own back yard in Manchester, with the absorption of insurance boutique James Chapman. Last November, Halliwells managing partner Ian Austin told The Lawyer that he was aiming to hit £70m revenues in 2007. Chapmans’ £10m-odd-turnover […]

Sea, sand and silicon

Devon and Cornwall – for so long dependent on tourism – are now attracting significant investment from the information and communications, biotech and renewable energy sectors. Tim Richards reports These are interesting times for commercial lawyers in Devon and Cornwall. Commercial work in the region is becoming ever-more exciting, with the recent trend toward knowledge-based […]

Housing key

The region’s property markets are lively but the affordability gap is large and growing. David Powell and Stephen Rosser report Property markets in the South West are a good deal more buoyant compared with the 1990s, although affordable housing is still a problem. But had someone 10 years back predicted that property would be the […]

CC litigation partner elected LSLA president

Clifford Chance litigation partner Simon Davis (right) has been elected as the new president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA), taking over from Lovells’ Graham Huntley. He has been elected for a two-year term following his selection as the LSLA vice-president a year ago. As well as being a member of the LSLA committee, […]

OC names Birt new senior partner

Osborne Clarke London managing partner Tim Birt has been named as the successor to senior partner to Leslie Perrin. Birt, head of the firm’s advertising and marketing services group, will take over from Perrin on 1 May. Perrin announced he was retiring from the partnership after 16 years at the firm in December (, 6 […]

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