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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 consultant Michael Gill set to chair Code Compliance Committee

DLA Piper consultant Michael Gill has been elected to chair the Code Compliance Committee, which has been set up to oversee compliance within the insurance brokering industry in Australia. The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) have established the committee to oversee compliance of the Insurance Brokers Code of Practice […]


The team handles high-level complex insurance and reinsurance matters for major domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. Click here for more information on insurance.


This team provides comprehensive and clear advice on what is often a challenging and complex area of law to clients around the world. This includes corporate tax, employee share schemes and incentives, real-estate tax, tax planning, VAT, duty and other indirect taxes, French tax, tax for individuals and trustees and funds tax. Click here for […]

Gordon Harris

Harris, Gordon

Gordon Harris helps clients to enforce and protect their valuable intellectual property (IP) rights, and particularly patents and designs. Harris conducts litigation in all UK and European courts for clients seeking to protect their IP, or those who have been accused of infringing other people’s rights. He is known as a fighter who will explore […]

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