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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.


Angel delight

There was a 10-minute paean to outgoing Linklaters managing partner Tony Angel at a recent awards ceremony, the latest of many that no doubt will be given in his honour between now and the end of 2007. Among the earnest comments, however, all of which are available for viewing on YouTube if you search hard […]

GC100 chair calls for secondment pledge

The chair of the in-house lobbying group GC100 has called on law firms to ensure that all potential partners spend at least two spells on secondment at companies. Helen Mahy, general counsel and company secretary of FTSE100 company National Grid, told The Lawyer: “I can’t see that secondments give anything other than an advantage to […]

The Hong Kong connection

Hong Kong fortunes are inextricably linked to China. However, the city’s role has evolved over the years. Since the earliest days of its establishment as a British colony, Hong Kong’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to China. However, Hong Kong’s role has evolved over the years, from trading to low-cost manufacturing, shipping and logistics to […]

DLA Piper private equity co-head joins Hill Dicks

DLA Piper’s joint head of private equity Darryl Cooke is to leave the firm to head up Hill Dickinson’s Manchester corporate practice. Cooke, who has also served as DLA Piper’s UK regional private equity head, is known for representing private equity institutions and corporate clients on management buyouts, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He also […]

Firms mull offers as Legal Services Bill gains Royal Assent

“Nobody wants to be the first to set up an alternative business structure,” says Neil Kinsella, chief executive of Russell Jones & Walker. This may well be true for law firms, but for non-legal businesses the provision for the alternative business structure (ABS) in the Legal Services Act is a very attractive notion. As a […]

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