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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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Graphic Health Warnings for Alcohol Products…

Where paternalistic regulation clashes with international trade obligations At the heart of the common law duty to warn is the obligation of manufacturers to communicate risks inherent in ordinary usage of consumer products. The object of this requirement is to enable consumers to make informed choices about whether — and if so, how — they […]

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Cleary hires ex-Competition Commission chief for London push

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has hired the former chairman of the UK’s Competition Commission as a senior consultant in its London office. Peter Freeman will join Cleary Gottlieb in its London competition practice on 1 November, and will work along side partners Maurits Dolmans, Romano Subiotto QC, and Nicholas Levy. Freeman joined the Competition […]

IP boutique Hoyng Monegier adds Nauta Dutilh partner to ranks

Niche IP firm Hoyng Monegier has hired a team of lawyers from Benelux giant Nauta Dutilh. Liesbeth Weynants, formerly head of Nauta Dutilh’s life sciences and data protection team in Brussels, joins Hoyng Monegier’s Brussels office. The appointment comes less than a week after Nauta Dutilh announced it was launching a Luxembourg IP practice to […]

BLG, Gaddafi and a spot of office bother

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert is having a touch of landlord trouble – the trouble being that its landlord was Colonel Gaddafi (see story). The firm is keen on moving in with merger partner Clyde & Co (whose office is next door and according to one source at BLG “is much nicer”) but is having a […]

Tulkinghorn: Homburger with cheers

Swiss giant Homburger moved house recently, out from the centre of Zurich to Switzerland’s new tallest building. While the 126m Prime Tower would be dwarfed by your average London or New York skyscraper, its glassy façade is sweetly impressive. So proud is Homburger of its new offices, up on the 31st floor of the tower, […]

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