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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.


Tuckey LJ lines up 20 Essex Street role

Lord Justice Simon Tuckey is to join 20 Essex Street at the start of next year following his retirement from the bench in December. Tuckey LJ, who became a Lord Justice in 1998 and was previously a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench Division, ;will ;join ;the ­chambers as an ­arbitrator. 20 Essex Street […]

TLT scoops lead role on ECT Group’s subsidiaries disposal

Bristol firm TLT ­Solicitors has advised social enterprise organisation ECT Group on the disposal of 16 subsidiaries in a restructure aimed at clearing the ­charity’s debts. Bristol ;firm ;TLT ­Solicitors has advised social enterprise organisation ECT Group on the disposal of 16 subsidiaries in a restructure aimed at clearing the ­charity’s debts. Corporate restructuring partner Robin Staunton […]


This week The Lawyer reported that Cobbetts is to make 40 fee-earners redundant – its second wave of redundancies this year – while Blake Lapthorn is in discussion with 43 members of staff and Finers Stephens Innocent with a further 6 real estate fee-earners plus support staff. This follows on from the previous week’s news […]

Fountain Court signs up Bar Council chairman

Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC is set to become Fountain Court Chambers new head of chambers, replacing Michael Brindle QC. Dutton, who was called to the Bar in 1979 and took silk in 1998, will assume his new role on 1 October when Brindle’s five-year term ends after standing unopposed. Brindle will remain at […]

Eversheds hires Heller chief for Hong Kong

Eversheds hires Heller chief for Hong Kong” />Eversheds has recruited Heller Ehrman Asia chief Nick Seddon to launch an office in Hong Kong. Seddon, who starts at Eversheds next week (1 October), leaves Heller just seven months after joining the firm from DLA Piper where he also headed the Asia practice. Seddon will spearhead the […]

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