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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.


Shearman scoops Freshfields former disputes head

Shearman & Sterling has swooped on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to hire the firm’s former co-head of dispute resolution and Lloyd’s of London relationship partner Jo Rickard. Rickard resigned from Freshfields partnership on Friday (8 Sept), following a vote by Shearman’s partnership Thursday evening. She will join the London office on 1 November (CHECK). Speculation over […]

Former Bechtel GC launches arbitration service in UK

US dispute resolution group JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) is launching its first London operations with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel’s group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and […]

Osborne Clarke scoops second Nomura litigation mandate

Osborne Clarke has scooped its second high-profile instruction from Nomura in as many weeks with the mandate to advise the Japanese bank on the latest employment claim it faces. The bank faces an unfair dismissal claim brought by Stefano Ghersi, previously head of debt capital markets at Nomura. Ghersi is also claiming breach of his […]

Harassment Act allows for easier claims

City worker Helen Green was awarded damages of £852,000 last month for personal injury (PI) suffered at the hands of her former employer Deutsche Bank. Mr Justice Owen found that she had been the victim of a “deliberate and concerted campaign of bullying” by the bank’s staff, leading to a nervous breakdown and a major […]

CC poaches top FSA lawyer to head regulatory enforcement

Clifford Chance has raided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to hireCarlos Conceicao, one of the UK’s leading regulatory enforcement lawyers.Conceicao joins the magic circle firm as director of regulatory enforcement.He was previously co-he… Clifford Chance has raided the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to hire Carlos Conceicao, one of the UK’s leading regulatory enforcement lawyers. Conceicao […]

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