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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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The 60 second interview: LendInvest’s GC on separating the wheat from the (extensive) chaff

Ahead of her session at this year’s In-house Financial Services conference, The Lawyer talks to Ruth Pearson, general counsel at LendInvest, about why it’s important for legal functions to be agile and how her team manages to keep apace with change while prioritising innovation. What is the role of the in-house function in delivering change projects? In-house […]

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Centrica names new GC as longstanding chief retires

Centrica’s deputy general counsel Justine Campbell has been named as the company’s new legal head following the retirement of its longstanding chief Grant Dawson. Campbell joined Centrica in 2013 as general counsel of its British Gas business, before rising through the ranks to the role of Centrica’s general counsel for UK and Ireland and then […]

Reed Smith bags Nabarro trio for City funds launch

Reed Smith has launched a London investment funds practice with the hire of ­former Nabarro partner and barrister Dale Gabbert. Gabbert, who joins as a partner, will bring with him associates Winston Penhall and Matthew Pitman. He will advise funds including private equity, property and hedge funds on investment management, corporate and regulatory issues. Reed […]

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