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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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Sidley Austin partner brings StreetMap antitrust case against Google to Preiskel & Co

Sidley Austin partner Tim Cowen has joined technology, media and telecoms (TMT) boutique Preiskel & Co as an equity partner. Cowen has brought with him to the firm a multi-million pound antitrust litigation against Google brought by mapping site StreetMap. StreetMap is bringing damages claims against Google alleging abuse of dominance in the way in […]

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Debevoise executive Howard Rosenberg picks up CEO role at FRS Insight

Debevoise & Plimpton executive Howard Rosenberg has been appointed chief executive officer of legal professional services provider FRS Insight, owned by Fox Rodney Search. Rosenberg has joined the company from Debevoise, where he was a business development strategist for private equity for over a year. He previously worked as a chief strategy officer and executive […]

Top sports lawyer award goes to Walker Morris team leader

David Hinchliffe of Walker Morris has been named Sports Lawyer of the Year for the second year running. The head of the Walker Morris sports team scooped the title in the Finance Monthly Law Awards 2015, following several accolades the team have recently been awarded. 

Global Law Summit day 3: From human rights to shareholder activism

There were an eclectic bunch of hot topics on the agenda on the closing day of the Global Law Summit, ranging from human rights to bribery and shareholder activism.  The ensuing debates did not disappoint, touching on some of the legal market’s most pressing issues. A panel on business and human rights was chaired by […]

Carly Thorpe appointed to Walker Morris’s construction and engineering team

The construction and engineering team at Walker Morris has become one of the largest in the region with the appointment of solicitor Carly Thorpe. Prior to joining Walker Morris, Thorpe worked in the construction team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co in Birmingham, where she advised a number of large contractors and house builders on […]

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