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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.


DLA boosts fledgling German operation with CC hire

DLA is accelerating its push into Germany with the hire of Clifford Chance corporate partner Dr Martin Schulte. Dusseldorf-based Schulte will join DLA’s growing Cologne office in late November. As first revealed on (21 July), DLA debuted in Germany following a split from its former German ally Goerg Rechtsanwalte. The split saw DLA poach […]

A&O helps brighten futures for women living in hostels

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) pro bono initiatives have resulted in the magic circle firm providing invaluable support to Tower Hamlets-based self-help organisation Mosaada. “Although many people may have not heard much about the organisation, it has caught the imagination of our staff,” says Linda Okeke, A&O’s pro bono and community support officer. Mosaada (which means […]

Freshfields overhauls conflicts system

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is about to roll out an upgrade to its conflicts-checking system. In June, the firm was famously removed from Philip Green’s aborted bid for Marks & Spencer (M&S) after it emerged that the firm had a conflict of interest over earlier advice it gave to M&S on its Per Una contract. However, […]

TMT deals round-up

Bird & Bird’s office in the Hague (Armand Killan, Harry Rek) has signed a cooperation agreement with the European Space Agency which will see the firm advising on the commercial use of the International Space Station. Masons’ AIM team, headed by Russell Booker, advised chemical genomics business VASTox on its admission to AIM in London. […]

Walker Morris wins £2m for Cleveland Bridge

Walker Morris has scored a victory in the High Court on behalf of client Cleveland Bridge in the Wembley Stadium litigation. The steelworks company had sued contractors Multiplex for breach of contract in June following the successful erection of the new signature arch. A decision handed down last week ordered Multiplex to pay Cleveland Bridge […]

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