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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.

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Bredin Prat is advising French state railways group SNCF on its acquisition of a 20 per cent stake in Italian train operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori. A three-partner team from Bredin Prat is advising SNCF, while Italian firm Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners is advising on Italian law aspects. Managing partner and law firm founder Francesco […]

Shoosmiths pledges to invest in growth of new Manchester office

Shoosmiths is to invest further in the growth of its new Manchester office after taking two more lawyers from mortgage finance company HL Interactive. The firm has hired mortgage shortfall recoveries specialists Sean Adams and Ray Keeling for its nascent Manchester base, which is set to open in January. “We’re making a significant investment in […]

Tulkinghorn: belles, pussycats and a summit to shout about

Following the success of the City Conker Cup, Addleshaw Goddard is taking up the challenge of promoting an obscure sport by sponsoring the City Goalball tournament in Old Spitalfields Market. Bell(e)s of the ball Following the success of the City Conker Cup, Addleshaw Goddard is taking up the challenge of promoting an obscure sport by […]

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International firms home in on Indian law graduates

A record 40 per cent of graduates at a leading Indian law school are now taking up training contracts with international law firms. Around 32 out of 80 students are set to start training contracts with international firms after graduating from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, in June 2009. This compares […]

Memery Crystal makes two redundant in corporate

Memery Crystal has laid off two fee earners in its corporate department following a round of redundancies. The firm has also axed two full-time positions in its information and know-how department and three support staff, one of whom was working part-time. It is the second time that Memery Crystal has made redundancies this year. In […]

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