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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.


Michael Greville

WFW appoints London boss as back-up for managing partner

City firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has revamped its management structure, appointing a London head to support firmwide managing partner Michael Greville. Finance partner Mike Vernell will attend to the running of the UK operation, while each jurisdiction in which the firm practises will now have a representative on the management committee. The finance […]


The Lawyer HR Awards 2011

The biggest night for legal HR took place last week (8 February) when 350 HR professionals descended on the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane for The Lawyer HR Awards. Field Fisher Waterhouse carried off the big prize as HR Team of the Year for its root-and-branch overhaul of the firm’s career framework, training, assessment […]

Stephen Rosser

Clarke Willmott made £2m cash call in 2009-10, LLPs reveal

Clarke Willmott partners injected £1.89m into the firm at the beginning of the 2009-10 financial year, during which time operating profit fell 78 per cent from £13.3m to £2.9m. The firm’s LLP accounts show that turnover also fell between 2008-09 and 2009-10, dropping 34.4 per cent from £50.6m to £33.2m. As Clarke Willmott adjusted its […]

Howrey exodus continues as another seven partners jump ship

Seven IP partners have left Howrey’s US offices in the last five days including San Francisco-based rainmaker KT Cherian.  Cherian has joined the San Francisco office of Hogan Lovells along with fellow IP partners Scott Wales and Sarah Jalali, and IP litigation partners Constance Ramos and John Hamann. San Francisco partner Duane Mathiowetz joined Pillsbury […]

A&O extends best friends tie-up with India’s Trilegal

Allen & Overy (A&O) and its Indian best friend firm Trilegal have extended their preferred referral arrangement indefinitely after having first entered into it for a limited three-year term. At the end of last year A&O senior and managing partners David Morley and Wim Dejonghe, India head Jonathan Brayne and other key A&O India group […]

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