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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.


CC nabs Norton Rose corporate partner

Clifford Chance has poached a partner from Norton Rose, driving another nail into the coffin of the gentleman’s agreement which controlled competition for partners between the eight large City law firms. Keith Hyman will join Clifford Chance’s 35-partner corporate finance group. Hyman says: “I understand that I am the first corporate finance partner to move […]


Baker & McKenzie acted for Polish leasing company, Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy (EFL) on its $82m (£51.3m) combined international and domestic offering and listing of shares and global depositary receipts on the Warsaw and London stock exchanges. International securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of seven from the firm’s London and Warsaw offices.

Ince & Co appoints new senior partner

Shipping and insurance specialist Ince & Co has appointed a new senior partner as the firm sees the departure of three other partners. Peter Rogan takes the helm of the firm on 1 May, taking over from Richard Sayer, who has been senior partner for five years. Rogan’s promotion coincides with the news that three […]


Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

ABA meets its Waterloo

The much revered American Bar Association is facing a crisis of confidence as it drags its feet over the issue of multidisciplinary practices. Ryan Dunleavy assesses its chances for survival. The American Bar Association (ABA) is talked of with a reverence unheard of in lawyers’ conversations about the Law Society. It commands column inches in […]

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