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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.


Regrettable situations

Whatever happened to the cringe-making email? The Bradley Chaits and Andy Dowdney’s (of Norton Rose and Charles Russell respectively, just in case you’d forgotten) of this world seem to be taking more care with those pesky digits, judging by the drop-off in mirth-making cyberspace screw-ups. Or perhaps the mistakes have just moved on to another […]

Quadrant Chambers hires DWS aviation expert

Quadrant Chambers is continuing its hiring spree after recruiting a former corporate partner from Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS). Hugh O’Donovan is joining the set after 13 years at DWS, where he was a member of the firm’s aviation practice specialising in the growing area of airline regulatory and competition work. His clients include easyJet and […]

Penningtons acts for Equatorial Guinea president against three Britons

Penningtons is advising the President of Equatorial Guinea on a civil action arising from an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government of the oil-rich African state. Paris-based partner Henry Page is leading the firm’s team, which has lodged a statement of claim in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court against former SAS soldier […]

Hammonds head of equity capital markets quits for Hunton & Williams

Hammonds’ head of equity capital markets, Martin Thomas, is leaving to join Hunton & Williams. The hire will significantly strengthen the US firm’s capital markets practice, in particular within the AIM market. Thomas has acted on over 40 AIM transactions, the majority during the four years he has spent at Hammonds. His clients include Close […]

PI lawyers hit out over referral fees

Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees. Speakers at the launch of London Accident Link, including Louise Christian of Christian Khan Solicitors, condemned the society for allowing referral fees, saying they compromise ethical standards. A postal ballot of members is currently underway following a resolution […]

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