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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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Along with hefty increases in law firms’ minimum indemnity cover comes changes intended to make it easier to aggregate insurance claims. Katherine Rees reports

DLA Piper, Pinsents bag DWP instruction

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Pinsent Masons have teamed up to help the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on the renegotiation of its controversial IT contract with EDS. The completion of the deal brings DLA Piper back into favour with the DWP after a spell out in the cold following a perceived conflict […]

Squire Sanders merges with Miami’s Steel Hector

US law firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey has merged with Miami-based Steel Hector & Davis to create one of the first international law firms with a strong presence in Latin America. Squire Sanders indicated that Steel Hector’s offices in Caracas, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Santo Domingo were a key driver behind the merger. Squire Sanders […]

LEADER

Cast your minds back Cast your minds back. Clifford Chance was the first of the magic circle firms to enter 2000’s salary war, the first to institute a pay freeze and the first to go the other way and drop the wages of its newly qualified lawyers. But now Linklaters is determined to set the agenda on graduate […]

Denton Wilde Sapte loses arch loyalist Blakeley to Akin Gump

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lost loyalist and former managing partner Steven Blakeley to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Blakeley is set the leave the firm at the end of the month to take up a role as head of corporate at the US firm. His departure is a symbolic blow, depriving DWS of one of […]

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