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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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Dentons goes African

Denton Hall has launched a London-based sub-Saharan Africa group, which will be headed by litigation partner John Mills. Mills will be supported by banking and trade finance partner Geoffrey Wynne and corporate partner Philip Goodwin.

In brief: HW Group recruits ZMB legal specialist

Recruitment company HW Group has appointed Lisa Owens as the head of its specialist in-house legal recruitment consultancy, HW In-House Legal. Owen was formerly at ZMB and will take over the directorship from Geraldine Hetherington, who will now head HW Daniels Bates Legal.

NY firm looks for substantial City merger

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle is holding a beauty parade of three City firms, each with over 200 lawyers, from which it hopes to choose a merger partner. Managing partner George Kahale III told The Lawyer that the deal had a 40 per cent chance of success and said if he does […]

In brief: Pinsents boosts staff with three hirings

Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave – the Bristol-based firm in tripartite merger talks with Vaudreys and Beachcroft Stanleys – has lost its head of corporate affairs, Nick Cockcroft, to Pinsent Curtis. Cockcroft will head Pinsents’ private equity team in Birmingham. Pinsents has also hired David Williams of Harvey Ingram Owston, who becomes a partner in its Leeds […]

Latin co-ordination

Baker & McKenzie is co-ordinating its Latin American practice in Europe by setting up two centres for clients interested in doing business in the South American region. One centre, to be based in London, will be headed by partner Beatriz Pessao de Araujo. The second is to be operated jointly out of the firm’s Barcelona […]

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