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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.


Richard Larking: Ashton Morton Slack

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you have been?A ladies’ hairdresser. What was your first-ever job?A morning paper round. What was your worst experience as a trainee?I don’t know about worst, but the most embarrassing was setting off the County Court metal detectors in Leeds with a pocketful of fireworks I’d forgotten about from […]

Mazars UK recruits first-ever legal head

The London office of international accountancy firm Mazars has appointed its first-ever legal head after hiring an in-house lawyer from Grant Thornton. Angela Dyer, a former Eversheds litigation partner and dispute resolution specialist, has been named director of legal services. Prior to joining Mazars, Dyer was director of legal services at Grant Thornton, having joined […]


Pole survivors

Nordic firms are looking beyond their borders in a bid to weather the coming economic storm. After enduring some of the most torrid months ever seen in their history, many of the largest US and UK law firms are tentatively hoping for an upturn in their fortunes next year. In ­particular, the transactional teams at […]

All firms great and small remain wise and wonderful despite recession woes

The Lawyer Awards Corporate Team of the Year shortlist was again inundated with worthy winners, says Catrin Griffiths Malcolm Lombers Over the years the shortlist for the corporate team of the year in The Lawyer Awards has closely reflected the trends in the deals market. This year is no different. Inevitably, there is a strong […]

Tim Matthew, WilmerHale

On the move

Move of the weekClyde & Co corporate partner Tim Matthews has joined the London office of US firm WilmerHale. He arrives as a partner in the corporate group and will work under UK head of corporate Joe Pillman. The hire increases the size of WilmerHale’s London corporate offering by a third, bringing the number of […]

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