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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.


Hextalls ramps up IP practice with Simkins hire

Hextalls has boosted its IP and tech practice with the hire of corporate partner Peter Brown from Michael Simkins. Brown specializes in non-contentious IP, advising clients on software agreements, branding and image rights licensing. Michael Clinch, head of Hextalls’ IP group, said Brown would also help grow the firm’s sports practice: “The sports practice launched […]

Out of order

Six years ago Allen & Overy led the magic circle profit league. Since then it has been overtaken by its rivals to such an extent that it sought a merger with Freshfields. Can the firm regain its credibility?? The logic behind Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) merger approach to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (The Lawyer, 31 July) […]

Addleshaws adds muscle to real estate with BLP swoop

Addleshaw Goddard has moved to bolster its real estate capability as the firm tries to capitalise on the booming market, poaching a Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate as a partner. Addleshaws has taken real estate finance lawyer James Salford, who will be based in the firm’s London office. Addleshaws finance and projects division head […]

BLP sees gambling sector as a good bet

All the furore and scandal currently surrounding online gambling might give some lawyers a few moments’ pause before continuing to act in the sector. It certainly did for Mischon de Reya, which got cold feet and dumped troubled BetonSports as a client early in the year. But it hasn’t been enough to stop some firms. […]

White-collar crime

Travelling internationally? Planning on doing a bit of document mark-up on your way? Don’t take a Herbert Smith pen – they explode. Yes, the exploding pen is the latest must-have accessory for Herbert Smith lawyers, or any guests foolish enough to pick one up from the conference room. A Herbert Smith Asia partner related to […]

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