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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.


Lovells, O’Melveny pave way for Prudential’s South African tie-up

Lovells and O’Melveny & Myers have steered a landmark joint venture between UK insurance giant Prudential and its South African counterpart Discovery. Under the terms of the deal the two insurers each own a 50 per cent stake in PruProtect, a new company established to write UK life assurance business. As part of the new […]

Pannone nets Watson Burton banking star

Watson Burton banking star” />Manchester-based Pannone has raided Leeds firm Watson Burton, poaching its banking head Andrew Gosnay. Gosnay, who launched Watson Burton’s Leeds office in 2004, leaves after senior partner Andrew Hoyle was ousted by the firm last year following opposition to his expansion plans. Pannone managing partner Joy Kingsley haspresided over a sustained […]

DLA Piper reinforces Shanghai with US M&A partner

DLA Piper has assigned its Seattle-based corporate, securities and M&A partner Jeff Greene to its Shanghai office to meet the increased demand for M&A work in the nation. Greene, who is the fourth partner in the firm’s Shanghai office, is also to drive forward the firm’s China practice. Shanghai managing partner Roy Chan said: “This […]

3 Pump Court takes on forensic accountant

Winchester-based set 3 Pump Court Chambers has taken on accountant BDO Stoy Hayward’s regional forensic accounting head Mike Mason as a pupil. Mason, who was BDO’s forensic accounting chief in Southampton, said he decided to qualify as a barrister and move to the bar on the back of his contact with the legal profession during […]

Inside’s out

The Supreme Court’s overturning of the High Court’s not-guilty verdict on Ireland’s most famous insider dealing case is a crucial victory for businesses, say Conor McDonnell and Keith Smith “It used not to be considered any sort of sin to profit financially from the use of secret, private or privileged information. That was how fortunes […]

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