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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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Moves: 11 May 2015

Move of the week Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed Alison Brown as global head of practice for employment, pensions and incentives (EPI). She succeeds Melbourne-based Graeme Smith, who has headed the EPI practice since October 2012 and continues in legal practice in Melbourne. Sydney-based partner Miles Bastick has been appointed regional head of practice for […]

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Gateley seeks to entice investors and growth capital with first UK legal IPO

Some three years after the implementation of the Legal Services Act, Gateley has announced its intention to be the first UK law firm to launch an initial public offering (IPO). Following news that Gateley was planning to float (11 May 2015), the firm has now officially announced its planned IPO. The decision became possible after […]

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Schillings announces first hires since conversion to LLP

Schillings has announced it is hiring 10 new staff, including Hill Dickinson partner Magnus Boyd. Boyd worked as a solicitor at Schillings in 2001 and rejoins the firm, on 6 July, as a partner in its privacy and reputation legal practice. He specialises in data protection and compliance issues and was a partner at PSB […]

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