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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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Burroughs Day sets up biotech unit

Bristol firm Burroughs Day has launched a specialist biotechnology acquisition and intellectual property (IP) unit. The new division was born out of the firm’s relationship with Bristol pharmaceutical start-up Hunter-Fleming. Corporate partner Martin Ryan and assistant Marc White aim to grow the unit’s client base by offering specialist advice in securing corporate finance, dealing with […]

Olswang wins partner from DJ Freeman

Oslwang is hiring a top property partner from rival firm DJ Freeman. Richard Max, one of the UK’s leading planning lawyers, will join the firm as head of planning at the beginning of June. Max will join two associates in the planning group and will work closely with the five partners in the property group. […]

International horizons

With an increasingly global legal market, overseas placements are a growing phenomenon in many law firms. Such opportunities are not restricted to senior lawyers but are increasingly open to trainees. For many graduates, international opportunities are a very important factor in career development. But before jetting off to exotic locations, it is worth thinking about […]

Dorsey invades China with licence for Shanghai office

US firm Dorsey & Whitney is making its first foray into mainland China after winning a licence to practise in Shanghai. Corporate partner Zhao Alex Zhang will head the office, which is expected to be operational this month. Zhang was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Hong Kong operation in 1995. China is regarded as a […]

Held in contempt

News of astonishing developments in the courts has reached Tulkinghorn. Having already done away with some of the historical anachronisms that so frustrate modern practitioners, Lord Woolf (below) now seems to attract innovative court practice wherever he goes. Sitting with colleagues Messrs Lord Justice May and Parker a couple of weeks ago, Woolf encountered a […]

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