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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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Nabarro hires Dechert real estate head

Nabarro has made a significant hire in its property group, poaching Dechert‘s UK real estate chief Ciaran Carvalho. Carvalho will joins Nabarro’s property group as a partner, having served as head of real estate at Dechert for six years. Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston said: “Ciaran has a fine reputation and is a well-known and […]

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Clifford Chance to make 80 London lawyers redundant

Clifford Chance has begun a redundancy consultation that will lead to 70 or 80 London lawyers losing their jobs, while partners voted to significantly increase their cash contributions to the firm over the Christmas period. Clifford Chance to make 80 London lawyers redundant” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/15561_clifford_chance.jpg” />Clifford Chance has begun a redundancy consultation that will […]

Darbys

Among the ancient buildings and dreaming spires of Oxford, there is a quiet revolution going on. At least that is what you’ll hear if you speak to Simon McCrum, managing partner at 61-lawyer full-service firm Darbys. Not afraid to shake the tree, McCrum was a surprise appointment when he joined the firm in September 2007 […]

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Indian liberalisation comes closer with LLP Act

Indian and UK lawyers have cautiously welcomed the first legislative step towards liberalisation of the Indian legal profession. The Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Act 2008 was passed by Indian Parliament at the end of 2008. While the Bar Council of India would need input on the specifics of law firm LLPs, the framework is now […]

A&O duo succeed Pease as India chiefs

Allen & Overy has appointed a duo of partners to head its India group following the retirement of India group chairman Alex Pease at the end of last year. Allen & Overy (A&O) has appointed a duo of partners to head its India group following the retirement of India group chairman Alex Pease at the […]

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