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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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Morrison & Foerster is set to recruit another partner from Reed Smith to help with the launch of its London real estate practice, The Lawyer understands. Private equity real estate partner Luke Mines will join partner Oliver s’Jacob at MoFo as the firm’s first two City real estate lawyers. s’Jacob’s move was announced last week. The […]

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Reed Smith prioritises the US in firm’s largest-ever promotions round

Reed Smith has announced its largest-ever round of promotions, in a move that beefs up its US offices with 30 new partners out of 43 globally. The latest string of promotions outnumber last year‘s figures, when the firm promoted 23 partners worldwide. The largest proportion of the promotions this year went to the US (30), […]

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Mayer Brown hires fourth new London partner this year

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