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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.


Beachcrofts hire sparks financial crime dept

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is launching a specialist financial crime and integrity services unit with the hire of Professor Barry Rider (left) as a consultant. Rider, a former director of the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, will advise on issues linked to financial crime. The firm will offer risk-based evaluating systems for the detection […]

Bingham takes litigation to London with DLA hire

Bingham McCutchen has snapped up former DLA litigation head Neil Micklethwaite as it prepares to launch a litigation and regulatory practice in London. Finance partner James Roome told The Lawyer: “There’s a synergy between the growth of litigation in the States and a leading financial institutions practice here, and we can see the growth on […]

The work-life quiz

What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park. What was your first ever job? Car park attendant at Wicksteed Leisure Park. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Being pursued on my way home by an irate husband of a divorce client. I managed to lose him by some […]

Libyan oil stocks become next big pull for law firms

Ashurst, Baker Botts, Eversheds, Norton Rose gear up – but where is Clyde & Co? With energy lawyers’ attention shifted away from Iraq in the wake of ongoing hostilities, focus is now turned to four basins in Libya: Murzuk, Ghademes, Sirte and Cyrenaica. Exploration rights for the massive oil stocks in these basins are the […]

MBR&M promotes 33 to partnership

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has boosted its partnership with 33 promotions globally. In London, six partners have been made up, including two – Tim Nosworthy and Michael Wallin – in the corporate department. The promotions bring the London partnership count to 101.

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