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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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Simmons & Simmons is the latest international firm to move out of Hong Kong’s central business district in a bid to achieve significant financial savings, as it has taken on a new lease in the island’s new business hub in Quarry Bay. Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office, which is currently located in Admiralty, will […]

Simmons to expand in Bristol with new office move

Simmons & Simmons is the latest firm to increase its stock in Bristol by taking on 27,000 sqft of space in a new office. The firm has agreed to sign a 12-year lease for two floors in the city’s Finzels Reach development from January 2019, after outgrowing the 16,000 sqft of office space it holds at Linear Park, which is less than a mile away.

Ince partners facing 12-month lock-in after Gordon Dadds deal

Partners from legacy Ince & Co are facing a 12-month lock-in period following the conclusion of the deal that saw it merge with Gordon Dadds, The Lawyer understands. As part of the deal, partners are thought to have agreed to a ‘black-box’ remuneration system which will see them each negotiate individual deals with the new listed […]

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