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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.


Simmons adds De Brauw veteran to Dutch partnership

Simmons & Simmons has appointed a partner from Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek to its financial markets group in Amsterdam. Rutger de Witt Wijnen, who joins today, was previously head of the energy practice at De Brauw, where he spent 22 years. He specialises in banking, cross-border leasing, climate change and carbon trading. De […]

Law Soc’s Hellish ‘libel’

Satan or Lucifer, Beelzebub or Apollyon (which as any fule kno, is the Greek name for the angel of the bottomless pit, meaning destroyer). All and any should be enough to strike terror in the heart of any opponent. Whatever you call him, he’s probably a bit handy in a scrap. And the Law Society […]

Andrew Thomson


London firm Bindmans has been much in the news this year, winning a number of instructions relating to the News of the World (NoW) phone-­hacking ­scandal and having its contact details passed out to London rioters. While the firm was unwittingly drawn into the latter debacle by far-left blog The Third Estate, which told prospective […]

Amanda Noble-Simmons: Hassans International Law Firm

What time do you start work each day? 8.30am Name: Amanda Noble-SimmonsFirm: Hassans International Law FirmPosition: Head of marketing and business developmentLives: Gibraltar What’s the dullest task you’ve ever been given? Reading through a PFI proposal document, three inches thick. How much time do you spend on Facebook each week? None. I’m a LinkedIn luvvie. What is […]

Hewlett-Packard Euro panel to take global stage

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to merge its recently reviewed European panel of law firms into its worldwide roster of advisers as it kicks off a global panel review. The technology company is understood to be reviewing firms in all of its other jurisdictions simultaneously. Sources expect its number of global advisers to be culled following […]

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