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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.


Waist not, want not

Tulkinghorn: Belly vision

Talk to any Clifford Chance financial regulatory lawyer these days and chances are they’ll shout out: “Sea of change.” Once your spluttering has died down at this apparent non sequitur you’ll realise they’re referring to Clifford Chance’s catchline for describing the wave of regulatory changes introduced since the financial crisis, along with the belt-tightening impact […]

Lady Gaga

Mishcon seals victory for Lady Gaga in IP case against Lady Goo Goo

IP set 11 South Square was both a winner and a loser in the High Court this week as pop superstar Lady Gaga obtained an injunction preventing a computer game company from releasing a single by a cartoon character. Mishcon de Reya partner Simon Tracey instructed 11 South Square’s Iain Purvis QC for the singer […]

Clifford Chance finally exhausts £26m special fund

A pot of nearly £26m used to finance Clifford Chance’s partnership restructuring has at last run out, eight years after it was made available. The firm said it spent the reserves on “exceptional costs”, including the overhaul of the partnership in the downturn, during which it slashed partner numbers, capping the cuts at 15 per cent […]

K&L Gates adds Taylor Wessing partner to Brussels team

K&L Gates has made its second Brussels partner hire in a month, taking Taylor Wessing partner Jeroen Smets to boost its corporate practice. The US firm previously hired McKenna Long & Aldridge competition partner Flavia Distefano (13 September 2011), the first lateral for the office since its establishment in February this year. In contrast to […]

Peter O’Brien

On The Move

Construction lawyer Peter O’Brien has joined Clarke Willmott as a partner from competitor Osborne Clarke. Move of the week O’Brien, a dual-qualified lawyer and quantity surveyor, joins the construction law team based in Bristol. He believes his previous experience working as a quantity surveyor on big infrastructure projects, including on the Hong Kong ­International Airport […]

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