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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.


Bird & Bird takes Eversheds IP head

Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds‘ IP and life sciences department for head of department Sally Shorthose. Shorthose specialises in non-contentious IP work, including partnering agreements and regulatory advice for life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. Morag McDonald, co-head of IP at Bird & Bird, said: “She fits in with the rest of our international life […]

Geldards lawyer takes on ABI directorship

Geldards insolvency head Ian Williams has become the first lawyer outside North America to be elected as a director of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), which analyses and promotes education on insolvency. Williams has been appointed to help the ABI’s European expansion. He is also co-chair of the ABI’s international committee.

US firms buoy Europe’s office lettings market

Demand from US law firms is holding up the European legal office lettings market after overall demand dropped by 16 per cent last year. Exclusive research by property services company Cushman & Wakefield revealed that US law firms are continuing to fuel the legal lettings markets, particularly in Paris and Germany. Mark Pollitt, head of Cushmans’ European legal group, said […]

MBR&M goes for double-header

The London securitisation team at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw(MBR&M) must be an unruly lot. As first reported (2 June), the firm has just appointedBruce Bloomingdale and Dominic Griffiths as co-headsof the practice. Nothing unusual in that, you might think, but as the group only has four partners, it now means that half of […]

Super set to launch in Smithfield

News that a group of senior tenants from Hollis Whiteman Chambers were moving out to set up alone broke in February this year. It took the five Hollis Whiteman tenants, plus co-conspirators Edmund Lawson QC of 9-12 Bell Yard and 23 Essex Street’s Nicholas Purnell QC, another three months to find a new home in […]

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