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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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Duo of IP firms join Myanmar rush

Another two international firms have joined the growing rush into Myanmar, with UK IP firm Rouse and South East Asian firm Tilleke & Gibbins both expanding into the country. Rouse’s Myanmar office, based in Yangon, is the firm’s sixteenth location. Led by partner and Thailand country manager Fabrice Mattei, the office will offer filing and […]

WTO deal will provide ‘much needed boost’ to international traders, says Eversheds

David Savage, international trade expert at Eversheds, has commented following news that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is close to sealing the first global trade deal in more than a decade. Savage said: ‘The finalisation of this global trade deal will provide a much needed boost to anyone engaged in the international movement of goods and […]

Walker Morris volunteers participate in Leeds Law Society Education Week

Twelve Walker Morris volunteers have been participating in the seventh Leeds Law Society’s Education Week, which has seen 150 volunteers from 13 law firms across the city hoping to support young people in raising their aspirations to the employment opportunities available to them. The volunteers have been visiting primary schools in some of the most deprived inner-city areas […]


A&O boosts flexible working push with freelance initiative for alumni

Allen & Overy (A&O) is rolling out a new initiative featuring self-employed legal consultants aimed at topping up resource at peak periods of demand. The move coincides with a call from managing partner Wim Dejonghe for “greater flexibility” in the traditional law firm model. The new service, called Peerpoint, will initially contract A&O alumni to work […]

Green light for ICE’s acquisition of NYSE Euronext

It’s been a long time coming, but European regulators have finally rubber-stamped Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) $11bn (£6.79bn) takeover of NYSE Euronext. It’s been a long time coming, but European regulators have finally rubber-stamped Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) $11bn (£6.79bn) takeover of NYSE Euronext. No doubt both parties, plus the enormous raft of lawyers involved, will be […]

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