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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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Beachcroft Wansbroughs gives IP a leg-up by hiring ex-Finers partner

Beachcroft Wansbro-ughs has boosted its intellectual property (IP) practice by hiring Robin Fry as a partner Fry has joined the national firm’s London office from e-learning company 2Ends.He spent two years as co-director of 2Ends, which provides in-house continuing professional development programmes to law firms, and prior to that was a partner at Finers Stephens […]

Richards Butler's Chinese walls are safe

Three conflict of interest cases against Richards Butler, considered to be as important as the infamous Price Jefri Chinese walls litigation, have been thrown out of court The three central claims against Richards Butler have been thrown out by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that the firm’s Chinese walls are sufficiently strong to prevent […]

CC lawyer takes up Government post

Clifford Chance’s director of public policy Richard Thomas (left) has been appointed to the role of Information Commissioner Thomas, who has led the public policy group at Clifford Chance since 1992, will oversee compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. First revealed on www. thelawyer. com/lawyernews 25 July

Conquering Europe

Over the last few years US firms have stormed into Europe with a host of mergers and lateral hires. Nicola Smith reports on what they’ve been up to this year, both at home and away HEADLINESShearman & Sterling in Germany strengthened its position in Asia by taking on high-profile corporate partner Andreas Diem, who has […]

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