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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.


The work-life quiz Juan Picón

What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university. Name: Juan Picón Firm: DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Position: Regional managing partner, Spain Lives: Madrid, Serrano Education: Law and economics degree, ICADe (1987). LLM in European Community law from Université Libre de Bruxelles (1989) Work history: 1987: In-house legal counsel, Banco Santander 1988: Associate, […]

The same old story

Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990’s economic boom, you’ll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren’t enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away. […]

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. […]

Govt legal head joins Bank of England

The Bank of England has a new senior lawyer. Juliet Wheldon, who has been Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service since 2000, has replaced Len Berkowitz, who has held the post from early 2005. Paul Jenkins, a solicitor who has previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department […]

Pinsents boosts Manchester with Halliwells hire

Pinsent Masons has boosted its Manchester office, scooping corporate partner Chris Moss from Halliwells Moss is Pinsent Masons’ second Manchester corporate hire in seven days, following Hammonds’ local head of corporate Stephen Levy’s move last week. Moss specialises in M&A and corporate transactions including management buy-outs and flotations. Moss spent less than one year at […]

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