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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.


Sullivan pounces for CC Paris star

The Paris office of Sullivan & Cromwell has scored a massive coup by recruiting Dominique Bompoint from Clifford Chance. Bompoint is one of the most respected corporate lawyers in France. He joined Clifford Chance from Bredin Prat in 2001. “We’re very excited about this. We think he’s the best of his generation,” Sullivan corporate partner […]

News Corp general counsel calls it a day

News Corporation general counsel Arthur Siskind has quit his role at the Australia-based media giant. He is stepping down on 31 December after 30 years with the company to become senior adviser to the chairman Rupert Murdoch. Deputy general counsel Lon Jacobs will take over the role in early 2005. First revealed on 26 […]

Liable to change

The face of accessorial liability is changing, but many questions remain unanswered. Bajul Shah reports on Criterion Properties v Stratford UK Properties The landscape of accessorial liability has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Few areas of equitable principles have seen as much judicial development as those governing dishonest assistance – where a defendant […]

Bar char

Like the class system, the division between blue-blood barristers and scummy solicitors refuses to die – at least in the unfathomable world of barristers’ clerks. The true status of the lowly solicitor was evident recently at Quadrant Chambers, which was playing host to an arbitration. A group of solicitors had rented a room and, after […]

Rental market saturates as top City firms try to offload space

A slew of law firms has returned excess office space to the rental market while rental prices are still rock-bottom, after overestimating their spatial needs. Hammonds is trying to sublet 10,000sq ft at Devonshire Square, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wants to offload 17,900sq ft over three floors at 22 Tudor Street. The Freshfields space was previously sublet to Berwin […]

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