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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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Ince downsizes London office with move to Aldgate Tower

Shipping and insurance specialist Ince & Co has announced it is moving its London office to Aldgate Tower after signing a 17-year lease. The new 35,000sq ft office is considerably smaller than Ince’s 64,030sq ft headquarters at 1 St Katharine’s Way. Last year the firm paid £3.54m, or £55.30 per sq ft, for its current […]

Walker Morris adds associate to pensions team

Walker Morris has announced that Craig Looker has joined as an associate in its pensions team. The announcement is the latest in a number of appointments to reinforce the team’s specialist expertise in high-value, complex pension matters to meet the growth in demand. Craig joins the Walker Morris pensions team from Gordons LLP and has […]


United Airlines GC Hart appointed as acting CEO

United Airlines’ general counsel Brett Hart has been named as the company’s acting CEO, while current head Oscar Munoz goes on medical leave.  Chicago-based Hart will take on Munoz’s role as CEO and president while he recovers from a heart attack suffered last week. The appointment, which was made by the executive board of the […]

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New oil and gas regulator in the market for first general counsel

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has created a new general counsel position in the run-up to becoming an independent government company next year. Currently, the OGA is set up as an executive agency of the Department of Energy & Climate Change but will become fully independent when the Energy Bill is implemented in the […]

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