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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.



SDT strikes off former Ince partner over £3m expenses fraud

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has struck off former Ince & Co partner Nathan Iyer after he admitted charges that he stole £3m from his firm and from clients. At the SDT hearing today (7 February), Nathan Iyer (also known as Andrew), who was representing himself, was struck off from the solicitors’ roll and ordered […]

European moves: 9 February 2012

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Baltics Borenius has hired Latvian IP specialist Ruta Olmane from patent agency Tria Robit. Olmane, who specialises in litigation, joins Borenius as an associate. Benelux Osborne Clarke’s Belgian alliance partner De Wolf & Partners has elected a new management committee (31 […]

Matthew Lohn

Field Fisher lays off two lawyers at end of consultation

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has made two London lawyers redundant in the firm’s public and regulatory group following a consultation period. The firm said in November that it was in consultation with four lawyers – including two solicitors, one associate and one senior associate – of which three were in London and one in Manchester […]

Tom Flanagan

Slinging the axe

Employers faced with making workers redundant have several alternatives  While the UK economy may not be technically in recession, it certainly has not recovered from the global slowdown as well or quickly as was hoped. Indeed, it is still teetering on the brink. Many employers are facing the inevitability of redundancies, taking the view […]


WilmerHale records 3 per cent profit and revenue rise

WilmerHale has posted increases on its key financial metrics for 2011 in a year characterised by new co-managing partner Bob Novick as “solid”. Total revenue grew by 3.3 per cent to $994m from $962m in 2010 while average profit per equity partner was up 3.5 per cent from $1.33m to $1.376m last year. Revenue per […]

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