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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.


Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advised ABN Amro Rothschild on the intended flotation of Filmgroup on the London Stock Exchange. ABN Amro acted as financial adviser, global co-ordinator and lead manager on the float. Slaughters corporate partner Tim Clark and corporate assistant Peter Baldwin advised on the deal. Titmuss Sainer Dechert acted for Filmgroup.

Bank pair pick Mayer Brown team

The London office of US firm Mayer Brown & Platt has won work advising investment banks Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston on one of the largest Turkish capital markets deals. It is the first time the firm has acted for the two clients in the country, and the first time the London office […]

Clifford Chance now world’s biggest law firm after adding 72 partners…

Clifford Chance‘s international offices are being bolstered by a record number of partnership promotions. The global giant has appointed 72 new partners, 39 more than last year. It now has 630 partners, making it the largest law firm in the world. Clifford Chance’s nearest rival, Baker & McKenzie, has 582 partners. Its internal promotions are […]

Quote of the week

“Whether or not my golf will improve I don’t know, but I might remember who my children are.” – Richard Gerstein, who has stepped down as managing partner at Finers Stephens Innocent and is returning to full-time fee earning.

BBC loses head of IP after shake-up announcement

A BBC management shake-up has led to the departure of the broadcaster’s head of the intellectual property and litigation department. Fred Croft, who was also responsible for commercial, programme and regulatory legal matters, says that the recently announced internal reorganisation at London’s Television Centre acted as a catalyst in his decision to leave the BBC […]

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