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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.


Eversheds’ turnover drops 4 per cent

Eversheds‘ turnover drops 4 per cent” />Eversheds has seen turnover drop during the first six months off the financial year, with revenues sitting 4 per cent down on the same period last year. The drop means Eversheds, which is the first firm to announce its half-year results, attracted £188m in fees over the six-month period […]

Speechly finds new home for Bagpuss

Holding company Coolabi has bought the rights to children’s television character Bagpuss. Speechly Bircham lawyer Nicholas Tall advised Coolabi on its conditional agreement to acquire Licensing by Design (LBD), subject to shareholder approval. LBD represents a number of IP assets including Bagpuss, The Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Coolabi is listed on AIM and controls […]

Outplaced out

Outplacement is the word of the month this chilly October. Lawyers have come to expect that if they are made redundant, their firms to find them new jobs. Big British firms are even exporting the practice to the US. Clifford Chance offered outplacement services for the 20 litigation lawyers it axed this month (see story). […]


Davis Polk, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher line up for election scheme

A trio of US elite firms are working pro bono to answer questions from US voters during the election. Lawyers from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett will be manning the phones to address questions and concerns from the electorate as part of the Election Protection scheme, which is […]

Taylor Wessing in lay-off talks with six staff

Taylor Wessing has entered redundancy consultations with four lawyers and two secretaries in its real estate department. A spokesperson for the firm said: “We will over the next two weeks be discussing the process with them and trying to identify alternatives to redundancy before we reach a point of making final decisions”. She added: “If […]

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