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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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Of the magic circle, A&O is getting the age issue right

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have twice as many partners aged 61 or over as Linklaters and three times as many as Allen & Overy, new data from The Lawyer reveals. The same two firms also have significantly more partners in the 56-60 age bracket than their closest rivals. At Clifford Chance 11 per […]


Macfarlanes makes up four in 2018 partner promotions round

Macfarlanes has promoted four lawyers to partner in its 2018 promotions round. They are private client lawyer Isobel Morton, commercial lawyer William Hedges, tax lawyer Ceinwen Rees and Samuel Brooks, who becomes a partner in the firm’s investment management team. Morton and Rees trained at the firm; however, Rees is rejoining as a partner after an eight-year absence […]

No5 secures acquittal in shooting case

Russell Broughton was accused of a punishment shooting which involved the shooting of a man in the legs with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range.  On Thursday 1 March, after a trial lasting nine days at Birmingham Crown Court, he was unanimously acquitted by the jury on all counts after a retirement of less […]

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