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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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HBJ suffers for its art

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Lovells Shanghai chief fills vacancy on partnership council

Lovells has elected Shanghai managing partner Doug Clark to its partnership council following the promotion of Marc Gottridge to the international executive. Gottridge took up the post of US regional managing partner in August, moving from the council to the executive at the same time. Both established in 2002, the international executive deals with business […]

Linklaters Three join Lisbon’s Rui Pena

A team of Portuguese associates that was asked to leave Linklaters after their plan to quit the firm was found on a laptop has resurfaced at Portuguese independent firm Rui Pena Arnaut & Associados. Banking lawyer Antonio Payan Martins, tax lawyer Patrick Dewerbe and Francisco Almeida in capital markets join dispute resolution specialist and fellow […]

Vizards’ overhaul chases off three partners

West End firm Vizards Wyeth has lost three partners in a month, as it moves away from its traditional core practice of insurance litigation into more lucrative commercial fields. The three-partner group includes Fiona Wilson, who left to rejoin her old firm ASB Law after three years at Vizards. Vizards business development partner Alan Bannister […]

Mind the equality gap

A recent survey suggests that far from reducing the pay gap, the gap has actually grown since the introduction of the The Equal Pay Act in 1970 despite more woman obtaining positions of authority. For an act that came into force in 1970, The Equal Pay Act, which was designed to ensure equal pay for […]

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