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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.


DLA Piper pulls out of Heenan Blaikie Canada deal

DLA Piper’s plans to enter the Canadian market have been put on hold after its talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heenan Blaikie collapsed yesterday. DLA Piper had been looking to hire up to 70 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie (7 February 2014) and make its first steps into the Canadian legal market, […]

Allen & Overy seminar set to offer overview of contract law with a focus on interpretation

On 20 May 2014, Allen & Overy will host a seminar entitled ‘The quest for meaning: an overview of the law of contact — part one: interpretation’. This session will focus on the key recent decisions affecting the interpretation of contracts and how the new rules on express and implied terms may affect your relationship with […]


Reed Smith to extend US support base to City

US firm Reed Smith is to extend its Pittsburgh-based support team to London in a move that could see it rejig some staff working hours in the US.  The move is spearheaded by the firm’s Pittsburgh-based client value chief Vincent Cordo, who joined the firm from Squire Sanders last June. He is looking for a […]

Allen & Overy London seminar set to focus on legal risks of using private investigators

On 29 April 2014, lawyers from Allen & Overy’s London office will hold a seminar examining the legal risks involved in using private investigators and how best to manage those risks. The seminar will also focus on related issues such as dealing with requests for information from the subjects of the investigations and undertaking internal […]

Is the future of waste collection yet more recycling bins?

Remembering to separate out recyclable materials when putting the bins out is something that can be a bit of a chore, but people seem to be getting used to it. The national UK household recycling rate has risen from 11 per cent in 2000 to 43 per cent, working towards our EU target of 50 per […]

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