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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.


Special report: Property

Real estate is one of the sectors worst affected by the economic downturn. But the difficulties of the market have inevitably brought new opportunities and challenges for real estate lawyers as they stick by their clients. On the face of it, real estate is one of the sectors worst affected by the economic downturn. But […]

Profit dip forces Herbies into £50m tax U-turn

Firm tears up tax year deferral plan in response to bleak predictions for the year ahead. Herbert Smith has ditched plans to overhaul its financial reporting system after a gloomy profit outlook made it likely that partners would be left out of pocket. While most firms have an April year-end, Herbert Smith’s financial year runs […]


Proskauer Rose makes 60 redundancies

Proskauer Rose has become the latest US firm to announce layoffs, shedding 35 associates and 25 support staff. A statement released by the firm said: “We are taking these actions in response to the worldwide economic crisis, as well as an unprecedented reduction in our historical lawyer attrition rate, which requires that we align our […]

Bird & Bird seals Singapore association

Bird & Bird has entered into an association with Singapore firm Alban Tay Mahtani & de Silva (ATMD), due to take effect from 1 January 2009. Bird & Bird hopes to beef up its South East Asian presence with the alliance, which will see the firms sharing clients. Bird & Bird chief executive officer David […]

Ashurst moves staff into energy and transport team

Ashurst has redeployed three corporate and three finance junior associates to its energy, transport and infrastructure (ETI) team as the transactional side of its business has slowed down. In contrast to the core corporate team, the ETI team has been very busy in recent months, requiring significant capacity. One Ashurst corporate partner told The Lawyer: […]

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