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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.


Forsters’ former corporate chief defects to Fladgate

Forsters former corporate head Jeremy Whiteson has left the firm to join West End rival Fladgate. Whiteson, who has been a partner at Forsters for nine years, joins as a partner in Fladgate’s corporate practice. He was replaced as corporate head by former Withers partner Craigey Pearson in April.  Whiteson specialises in three areas: working […]

Larry Byrne

Links soldiers on in US flatlands

Stagnant US turnover fails to dissuade UK giant from trying to plunder American riches While Linklaters’ global revenue fell by 8 per cent in 2009-10, its US turnover remained flat at around £70m, according to the firm’s US co-managing partner Larry Byrne. The US market has been a ­notoriously tough nut to crack for the […]

Stephen Kon

SJ Berwin-Proskauer merger looms as talks focus on Asia

SJ Berwin has ramped up its merger talks with Proskauer Rose, with the two firms setting up a series of get-togethers between practice groups following a partnership meeting at the City firm last month. Previously only a small group of senior SJ Berwin partners had been involved in the discussions with their US counterparts. The […]

Victoria Wisson

Improved retention rates give law graduates a fillip

Law students are cautiously optimistic about landing a job upon ­qualification, despite the graduate recruitment ­market remaining fragile. More than 50 university law society presidents and committee members who attended The Lawyer’s sister magazine Lawyer 2B’s ­summer party earlier this month said they felt the future was still looking bright – for the right ­candidates. “I think students are still […]


Dewey, Links lead on Irish listing of Russian bank

Dewey & LeBoeuf and Linklaters have scored leading roles on the debut note listing of state-owned Russian bank Vnesheconobank (VEB). The $1bn (£660m) Irish listing is the first part of a $30bn loan participation notes (LPN) agreement, with a second rouble-denominated listing to match the dollar offering believed to be ready to launch. Corporate partner Louise Roman Bernstein led the […]

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