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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.


Clyde & Co opens Greek office

Clyde & Co has become the latest UK firm to open for business in the Greek port of Piraeus. Martin Hall, the partner who has been sent to the city to set up the operation, said the office was needed to serve Greek clients, many of whom had moved operations from London back to Piraeus, […]

In brief: Herbert Smith appoints nine partners

Herbert Smith has appointed nine new partners with effect from 1 April. Pictured from left to right are the seven based in the firm’s London office: Carol Shutkever, corporate; Alan Watts, commercial litigation; Bradley Phillips, tax; Andrew Lidbetter, commercial litigation and public law; Ben Ward, corporate; Sophie Quayle, planning; and Chris De Pury, commercial property. […]

Property developers in taxing dispute

The Redrow Group has been given leave to take its case against the VAT men to the House of Lords, reports Roger Pearson. A long-running battle between property developer the Redrow Group and Customs & Excise over the VAT status of a vital element of a property incentive purchase scheme is to go to the […]

TSD extends alliance

Titmuss Sainer Dechert has announced a three-year extension to its unique transatlantic alliance with US firm Dechert Price & Rhoads. The alliance will continue until June 2001.

In brief: Lawyer leaves band post to join Halliwells

Former Garretts intellectual property partner Richard Boardman has ended a nine-month stint as business adviser to folk rock band the Kelly Family to become a partner at Manchester firm Halliwell Landau.

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