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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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Herbies hires diversity chief

Herbert Smith has recruited a permanent diversity consultant in response to increasing calls from potential clients for the silver circle firm to provide tangible evidence of a commitment to diversity issues. Carolyn Lee joined Herbert Smith last month as inclusion manager and will be responsible for conducting diversity training at the firm and introducing programmes […]

BPP cold calls future monarch

Softened up by years of teaching law, BPP lecturer Alastair Vere Nicholl felt it was time to tackle something tougher than a few sleepy students. He and three other hardy souls have just completed the first east-west crossing of the Antarctic on skis. The team set a new world record in the process, reaching the […]

Kennedys raids Minter Ellison for Aussie launch

Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for a four-partner insurance team in order to launch a Sydney office. The firm is hiring partners Mark Doepel, Adrian Howie, Tony O’Reilly and Patrick George along with a team of around 20 lawyers to set up the new office, which will be in operation by July. Senior […]

The bar

Manners maketh the man (and barrister) It is rare for a judge to step outside the bounds of a case’s facts when delivering judgment. Occasionally, they will make a comment thanking counsel for being particularly clear on a point, but generally judges do not get to wax lyrical on the handling of a case. So […]

Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds

Bird & Bird partner fights Govt over secret cache of diamonds” />Few cases feature elements as unusual as an unsigned will and a secret stash of antique diamonds. But the pro bono case that faced Lorna Brazell, an IP partner at City firm Bird & Bird, had both. More used to handling pro bono copyright […]

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