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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.


Televising the revolution

Louise Restell argues the case for letting cameras into court Thinking about it now, it seems extraordinary that I rushed home on 3 October 1995 to see the live verdict of the OJ Simpson trial on TV. Along with over half of the US population and quite a large percentage of the UK one, I […]

Hunton & Williams hires former Pinsents privacy head

US firm Hunton & Williams has ramped up its London data protection team with the hire of Rosemary Jay, former head of privacy at Pinsent Masons and former head of legal at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. US firm Hunton & Williams has ramped up its London data protection team with the hire of Rosemary […]

Pinsents votes for Bristol closure

Pinsent Masons will close its Bristol office, offering the 11 lawyers there relocation and working closely with support staff to “assess alternative options”. The decision, first reported on Roll On Friday, was put to partners at the firm on Monday, with voting closing on Wednesday. The firm will close the office by the end of […]

A&O and Eversheds join Cameron’s Russia delegation

Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley and Eversheds managing partner Lee Ranson have joined Prime Minister David Cameron on his visit to Russia. Morley and Ranson were invited by UK Trade & Investment to be part of a group of 24 industry leaders, led by trade minister Lord Green, on a two day visit […]


Gide loses partner to Winston & Strawn

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has lost its second partner in a week as employment specialist Philippe Desprès moves to Winston & Strawn. The departure follows last week’s news that capital markets partner Patrice Doat, along with three associates, had left Gide for Linklaters (30 August 2011). Desprès joins Winston & Strawn with Gide associate […]

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