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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.


Innogy in-housers survive takeover

The in-house legal department at FSTE 100 utilities giant Innogy will remain intact following the takeover by German conglomerate RWE. The company’s most senior lawyer Mike Bowden will also retain his place on the board.Bowden, the company secretary and managing director of corporate services, was appointed to the board in February, just a month before […]

Beiten Burkhardt partner defects to Lovells

KLegal’s Russian firm KPMG Treuhand Beiten Burkhardt has lost one partner and three associates to Lovells’ Moscow office. Oxana Balayan, a corporate lawyer and former managing partner of Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener before the KPMG merger, will join Lovells as a partner on 1 April.

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Dundas & Wilson quits the Andersen network

Andersen Legal member Dundas & Wilson has begun formal talks to pull out of the network. The firm issued a press statement last Wednesday saying that it had “begun negotiations with Garretts, Andersen Legal and Andersen with a view to agreeing an amicable and orderly withdrawal by Dundas & Wilson from the network of law […]

A&O and Linklaters land RWE-Innogy instructions

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have secured the main roles on the biggest M&A deal of the year. A&O is acting as lead adviser to German utilities conglomerate RWE on its e8.5bn (£5.22bn) bid for Innogy, while Linklaters is advising the target.RWE last week put in a bid of e5bn (£3bn) for the Innogy […]

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