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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.


Freshfields property ace set to quit profession

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s highly-rated property partner James George is to leave the firm after 14 years in pursuit of a career change George, best known for his work with Land Securities Trillium, decided after a sabbatical during the summer to reassess his future. George told The Lawyer: “Before I became a lawyer, I was a […]

Holman forces Yemen government to back down over pollution claim

A campaign of political, diplomatic and legal pressure instigated by shipping specialists Holman Fenwick & Willan has resulted in the Yemen government backing down over its $18.5m (£11.8m) claim against the owners of the Belgium ship attacked off Yemen by terrorists in October The dispute arose over the Yemen Minister of Shipping’s decision to seek […]

Real estate and projects deals round-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (David Lewis) advised Scottish Widows on the £77.7m sale of Cannock Shopping Centre in Staffordshire, Green Lanes Shopping Centre in Barnstaple and Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gloucester. Eversheds (Richard Stephens) acted for the puchaser Dunwilco (951), a joint venture between HBOS, Merrill Lynch and Catalyst Capital. Lawrence Graham (Andrew Wade) advised the […]

Power to the public

The Aarhus Convention aims to remove barriers to the public’s participation in key environmental matters. Kathy Mylrea finds out whether it’s all it’s cracked up to be The first meeting of the parties to the Aarhus Convention took place on 21-23 October in Lucca, Italy. Attendance at the first meeting was good (Michael Meacher went […]

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