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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.


Beachcrofts' Birmingham office lands city council advisory role

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ Birmingham office has been appointed to a new role working alongside the City Council’s strategic procurement services division.`Beachcrofts will provide the department with specialist legal and strategic advice and will work on specific projects on an outsourcing basis.`The team also expects to be assisting the department in meeting the requirements of best value. […]

A very very nice man

Last week, Tulkinghorn reported on the delightfully handcrafted piece of sentimental rubbish that Stephenson Harwood insolvency litigation partner Paul Gordon-Saker picked up for £505 at an auction.`It happened that this figurine of a little girl sitting on a bench formerly belonged to disgraced politician Jonathan Aitken and Gordon-Saker happened to have acted for his creditors.`After […]

News in brief

Debevoise & Plimpton has made up nine partners throughout its offices. In London, corporate lawyers Colin Bogie and Geoffrey Burgess and tax lawyer Peter Schuur were all made partners. The new appointments bring the number of partners in the London office to eight. Those in the New York office are private equity lawyers Sherri Caplan, […]

Barlows wraps up first Bourne deal

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has done its first deal for the management of Bourne Leisure Group, advising on its buyout of Haven’s 12 caravan parks to form a new company named Park Resorts.`The management buyin and buyout created a company worth £46m, making it the UK’s second-largest caravan park group. David Vaughan, former managing director […]

Nauta hits back at UK invaders with A&O hire

Allen & Overy‘s Amsterdam office is losing a corporate partner to leading Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh.`Erik Hammerstein was among the group of 32 Loeff Claeys Verbecke partners to join Allen & Overy when their firm went through a dramatic split in January 2000.`His move goes against the trend which has seen dozens of Dutch lawyers […]

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