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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.

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Norton Rose embraces the web with apps launch

Norton Rose Group has launched its first smartphone applications for iPhone and BlackBerry. Norton Rose Group has launched its first smartphone applications for iPhone and BlackBerry.  The apps feature a directory of the Group’s 2600 lawyers with a ‘tap and call’ function, information on the Group’s offices with GPS-enabled city plans, descriptions of the Group’s […]

PwC launches Czech legal department with local hires

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a new legal team in the Czech Republic after raiding local firms. This latest development comes after PwC lost its in-house firm Ambruz & Dark to Deloitte in July this year. The new team is structured to be able to provide services in PwC’s offices in Prague, Brno and Ostrava.   […]

Wilson Sonsini spearheads US charge to increase muscle in Brussels

US firms are beefing up their presence in Brussels in a bid to provide antitrust expertise for clients on both sides of the Atlantic. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati heads the list of firms strongly rumoured to be examining a Brussels office. It would be the West Coast firm’s first office outside the US and […]

Ashurst moves to vote on Blake Dawson tie-up

A proposed tie-up deal between Ashurst and Australia’s Blake Dawson, which will create a 31-partner practice across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo and Papua New Guinea, is expected to face a vote among Ashurst’s partners before the end of September. A proposed tie-up between Ashurst and Australia’s Blake Dawson, which will create a 31-partner […]

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Trowers down to one associate in Saudi office

Just days after Trowers & Hamlins announced Abdullah Mutawi as its new strategic head for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the firm has admitted it is down to one secondee associate in its ­ailing Saudi Arabia office. Amid industry speculation about the health of its entire Middle East ­practice, head of international ­Martin Amison has […]

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