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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.



Holman Fenwick Sydney head quits for Reed Smith’s Hong Kong spin-off

Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong. Coogans, a shipping lawyer with a focus on collision and salvage work, will join his former Richards Butler colleagues in […]

DMH Stallard seals merger with Surrey-based Callaghans

DMH Stallard has announced the completion of its merger with Surrey-based Callaghans, which specialises in property, litigation and private client work. DMH Stallard currently has offices in London, Gatwick and Brighton and the merger will see it add Callaghan’s premises in Guildford and Farnham to its office portfolio. The move comes as part of DMH […]

Covington hires 2Birds partner for Shanghai launch

Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China. Li Weishi focuses on transactional and IP matters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in November 2010, she was a counsel […]

Living Social legal chief jumps to

The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer Rob Miller, who has held top legal jobs at Skype and eBay in the past, joins two other in-house lawyers at where he will report to CEO Riccardo Zacconi as chief legal […]

The Euro files

Independent law firms from across Europe will gather at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo next month to discover which will become The Lawyer’s European Law Firm of the Year The shortlist for The Lawyer’s fourth European Awards features a range of firms, from specialist boutiques to full-service giants, that have all demonstrated excellence in […]

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