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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.


Gide opens ten-strong outpost in Ukraine

Gide Loyrette Nouel is continuing its international expansion plan by launching a 10-strong office in Kiev. The French international firm will be operational in the Ukrainian capital from today (4 September). The Kiev office is Gide’s 20th office worldwide and opens shortly before the firm’s 85th anniversary. Senior partner Gérard Tavernier told The Lawyer: “We […]

CC prepares to woo bride in deregulated China

Clifford Chance‘s Asian managing partner Jim Baird has vowed to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it. Although the government has not yet bowed to international pressure to deregulate, Baird is prepared to begin discussions with local firms as soon as the market is opened up. “Really […]

City elite launches new round of funding for university charity

A consortium of city firms have launched a £7m charitable trust to fund university lecturers in core legal practice areas after government cuts to the budgets of university law departments.The City Solicitors’ Educational Trust, a charitable trust f… A consortium of city firms have launched a new round of funding for their £7m charitable trust, […]


Cripps Harries Hall has hired three property assistants: Victoria Back joins from Linklaters, Simon Schipper joins from Clarke Willmott and Oliver Morris joins from Stanley Tee. Robert Sully also joins as a commercial dispute resolution assistant from Jones Day. Sheridans has a new head of employment. Ray Wann joins from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, […]

Bell & Scott absorbs Clairmonts

Scottish firm Bell & Scott has opened its first office in Glasgow, taking over the office of commercial firm Clairmonts. All of Clairmonts’ partners and staff will be joining Bell & Scott as part of the move. Property specialists Bell & Scott’s head office is in Edinburgh, with Clairmonts’ lawyers building the firm’s retail and […]

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