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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.


St Philips gains QC trio to boost City ties

Birmingham-based set St Philips has swooped on five chambers to take on five new barristers, including three silks, and a professor of law. Anesta Weekes QC and Daniel Janner QC, both of 23 Essex Street, and Tim Mousley QC of 2 King’s Bench Walk have joined St Philips as door tenants. St Philips chief executive […]

SJ Berwin in Reed Smith City move

SJ Berwin’s real estate division advised British Land on its pre-letting agreement with Reed Smith Richards Butler for space in the 35-storey Broadgate Tower development. Reed Smith has agreed to occupy 39 per cent of the building when it is complete, signing a 15-and-a-half-year lease. It will pay initial rent of £62.50 per sq ft […]

BSB consults on diversity action plan

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a consultation into its Equality and Diversity Action Plan. The action plan sets outs the BSB’s proposed guidelines for promoting equality and diversity within the bar, including trying to get a more diverse cross-section of society to join as barristers. The plan identifies three core objectives, including working […]

Norton Rose Middle East links spark Tokyo launch

Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East. While no launch date has been set, the office will support Japanese-backed projects in the Middle East and will target sponsors and financial institutions, as first revealed on (4 October). Norton Rose […]


Geoff Wild: Kent County Council

What’s your biggest work/career mistake?The failure to take up the position of attorney-general of St Helena in the South Atlantic. That is a great regret of mine. Name: Geoff WildTitle: Director of law and governanceOrganisation: Kent County CouncilLives: West Malling, Kent Education: University of Hull, Chester College of LawWork history:1984-86: Articled clerk, Greater London Council1986-88: […]

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