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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.


Last derivatives partner abandons B & M

Highly rated derivatives and structured finance partner Schuyler Henderson is leaving Baker & McKenzie after 10 years to join Norton Rose early in the new year. Just under a month ago David Green, a banking and finance partner at Baker & McKenzie also left the firm to join Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. […]

Hanson Waste

Hanson Waste Management wins planning permission from Kent County Council for a £100m energy from waste plant at Allington, near Maidstone. Hanson Waste Management advised by Mills & Reeve (David Brock, Beverley Firth and Herbert Robinson). Kent County Council represented by Nicholson Graham & Jones.

Mishcon de Reya boosts technology and media practice

Andrew Millett and James Wilcox join Mishcon’s corporate and technology groups in February – the former comes from Ashurst Morris Crisp where he was senior solicitor while the latter leaves his own practice to join the London firm. Mishcon’s joint managing partner, Kevin Gold says: “James with his existing entrepreneurial client base will have much […]

Jargon busting-the a to z of new media

E: For some it is a harmless recreational pastime; for some it is a mind-expanding experience; for some it is a dangerous hallucinogenic that has swept the country dulling minds, creating obsessions and undermining traditional hierarchies; for some it is a costly craze, and for others a goldmine. Undoubtedly, E or e has become a […]

ONdigital in-house team turns big guns on BSkyB

ONDIGITAL’s in-house legal team has won the first step in its campaign against BSkyB under the new Competition Act. Herbert Smith’s client, satellite broadcaster BSkyB, is facing a full investigation from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) on how it sells its sports and film channels to rival cable and digital broadcasters. The in-house team […]

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