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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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Fortnum & Mason hires its first GC from John Lewis

Fortnum & Mason has appointed John Lewis’s former head of legal, Georgina Service, as its first ever general counsel. The luxury Piccadilly department store, which previously had no in-house counsel, will take on Service at the end of June. It made the decision to recruit a GC to help manage growth in a sustainable and […]

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Former Davis Polk partner joins Facebook as new GC

Facebook has found a new general counsel to helm its in-house legal functions after its top lawyer Colin Stretch left the company at the end of last summer. The role has been filled by Jennifer Newstead, whose career has spanned both law firm stints and government duties. She was the first woman to head the […]

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Deliveroo names new GC following exits

Deliveroo’s head of corporate and compliance Chantelle Zemba has been named as the company’s new legal head following the exit of its chief legal officer Rob Miller. A former Norton Rose Fulbright senior associate, Zemba first joined Deliveroo in 2016 as part of a five-month secondment, later climbing the ladder through the specialist employment team […]

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