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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.


Debevoise’s City litigation team to treble in five years

Debevoise & Plimpton is gearing up to make its ­London litigation group a one-stop shop for disputes. The US firm’s European litigation chairman Lord Goldsmith told The Lawyer he plans to increase the London litigation partner headcount from three to 10 over the next five years. Goldsmith said: “I want the capability to handle all […]

Davenport grows via trio of partner captures

West End firm Davenport Lyons has continued its recent expansion by hiring a trio of partners for its employment, IP and ­property practices. Real estate litigator ­Janice Northover joins from Teacher Stern, where she had been a partner for four years. She specialises in property litigation for ­commercial investors and managing agents. IP/IT specialist Michael […]

Heller Ehrman Beijing chair resigns

Heller Ehrman’s chair of the Beijing office, Joseph Cha, has resigned along with other members of that office. Heller Ehrman’s chair of the Beijing office, Joseph Cha, has resigned together with other members of the office. Nick Seddon, regional managing shareholder of the firm’s Asia practice, confirmed that Cha and others had left, but declined […]

George Davies Solicitors

Commercial property may bring in the lion’s share of fees at George Davies Solicitors, but the firm has the second-largest private client team in Manchester. Through its links to sports unions, the firm has managed to land many high-profile sportsmen as clients, including boxers Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe. The firm’s managing partner Mark Hovell […]

Charlton clears vote for Asia head uncontested

Clifford Chance global corporate head Peter ­Charlton is set to take on the Asia managing partner role ­following an uncontested election. Clifford Chance global corporate ;head ;Peter ­Charlton is set to take on the Asia managing partner role ­following an uncontested election. Voting for the job, which became available following the illness of former Asia chief Jim […]

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