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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.



The Apprentice analysed…

Each week we watch as Sir Alan Sugar yells ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’ at one of The Apprentice wannabes. More deliciously salacious is watching these wannabes trying to make the most of Sir Alan’s tasks. With only one six-figure salary on offer the contestants declare all out war to get their hands on the prize. Inevitably, this […]

Merger takes HLW Commercial into Leeds

#Yorkshire’s HLW Commercial Lawyers has moved into Leeds by merging with commercial practice McCombie & Co. The new firm will be called HLW McCombie, offering business law advice to small companies, banks and entrepreneurs. Its 20-strong team, which includes four partners, will initially operate out of the two existing offices in Leeds before uniting under […]

Nabarro raids A&O for employment partner

NABARRO has hired an Allen & Overy (A&O) partner to expand its employment team’s non-contentious offering. Julie Quinn, who has worked on the employment aspects of major corporate deals such as the Petroplus acquisition of the BP Coryton refinery, is expected to join the mid-market firm imminently. The hire is seen as a coup for […]

Salans launches six-strong team in Frankfurt

Salans has launched a new office in Frankfurt with a team of Aderhold Gassner partners Matthias Haas and Holger Scheer and four associates. The team will be joined in Frankfurt by partner Detlef Spranger and an associate from Salans’ Berlin office, with an emphasis on M&A, private equity, finance litigation, international real estate and tax. […]

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