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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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Burges Salmon emphasises agriculture strength after Wilsons faux pas

Burges Salmon has moved to clarify that its agriculture, food and farming practice is still in place after Salisbury-based Wilsons claimed to have hired a 10-strong team from the firm. Wilsons has hired agricultural litigator Peter Williams, a former Burges Salmon partner, along with a team of lawyers. While Wilsons claimed that the team had […]

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of Wagamama sale

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have claimed the leading mandates for rival private equity houses on the £215m sale of noodle bar Wagamama. The Japanese-style food chain has been sold by Lion Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, to Duke Street ­Capital for more than ­double what the private equity seller paid for the company in 2005. […]

Nabarro Singapore wins first panel appointment

Nabarro’s Singapore office has been appointed to Australian engineering company Clough’s global legal panel. This is the office’s first panel appointment since it launched last year. The firm will represent Clough for work in South and South East Asia. A spokesperson from Clough said that the company did not comment on specific panel appointments, but […]

Travers – too posh to push?

Most managing partners would kill to have Andrew Lilley’s problems. The Travers Smith managing partner presides over a firm that has maintained its brand, its profitability and its market share, and yet Travers has that batsqueak of insecurity that is not present at lesser firms. As Lilley is at pains to stress in our feature […]

Trade routes

The sheer size and diversity of the African continent necessitates a considered approach to practising there. Joanne Harris explores the manifold strategies employed by the international practices For centuries European ­explorers have been heading to Africa in search of riches. These days, however, they tend not to ­travel in leaky wooden ships but in the latest jumbo […]

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