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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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Hogan takes first steps in Middle East

Hogan & Hartson is launching its first office in the Middle East when it opens in Abu Dhabi next month. The Washington DC-headquartered firm will send London partner Ray Batla to the United Arab Emirates to set up the office on 1 August. Batla said having a permanent presence on the ground would be vital […]

Simmons & Simmons: on the up

So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. As revealed by TheLawyer.com (26 June 2008), the firm has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 22 per cent to £647,000, […]

And the winner is…

And the winner is…04-July-2008 Drama in the magic circle today but no revolution: the last financial results are in and while Linklaters has closed the lead on Clifford Chance by a mere £36m, Clifford Chance remains king of the castle. Drama in the magic circle today but no revolution: the last financial results are in […]

Crown Office brings in Lovells

Crown Office Chambers has become the latest set to recruit from a law firm after taking on Lovells partner Dr Volker Triebel for its ­arbitration practice. Triebel joins as an associate member. He will remain at Lovells in Düsseldorf in an of counsel role. Crown Office senior clerk Julian Campbell said that Triebel, who has […]

DLA sends in lawyer to save Saudi practice

DLA Piper has sent one of its legal directors to Riyadh to become its local sponsor after its alliance with Saudi firm Abdulaziz Al-Fahad came to an end last week (The Lawyer, 30 June). Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily, who joined DLA Piper’s Dubai office in 2007 from Clifford Chance’s Saudi ­affiliate?Al-Jadaan?& ­Partners, left DLA Piper in June […]

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