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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.


Loble closes boutique for Collyer Bristow move

Litigation boutique Loble Solicitors has closed after its founder, Steven Loble, quit the firm to join Collyer Bristow. Loble said the decision to close the firm came as regulation and administration became increasingly burdensome, diverting his attention from legal work. Loble joins Collyer Bristow’s dispute resolution team which he aims to grow in the international […]


Sue Woodman: Alchemy

Alchemy’s non-traditional approach to private equity keeps its partnership counsel Sue Woodman on her toes. Margaret Taylor reports Private equity house Alchemy Partners shot into the public consciousness in 2000 after bidding for troubled car manufacturer Rover despite having no experience of the motor trade business. The company’s plans for Rover were controversial from the […]

Squire Sanders bags Speechly finance head

Squire Sanders & Dempsey has recruited Speechly Bircham‘s head of finance Andrew Knight. Knight will oversee growth of the firm’s finance practice in the City. He acts as counsel by invitation to the newly formed asset-based lending committee of the Asset Based Finance Association. The London office plans to bolster the team from 40 lawyers […]

Links Cologne reopens under Oppenhoff banner

Linklaters ‘ abandoned Cologne operation will relaunch independently as Oppenhoff & Partner. The new firm will have 11 partners and 41 fee-earners and will focus on commercial, corporate and tax work. It will be led by Michael Oppenhoff, son of the late Walter Oppenhoff, who gave the firm its name, and Michael Abels. Respected corporate […]

Lovells pro bono chief calls for more

The pro bono sector has matured over the past decade to focus on individuals and not-for-profit organisations requiring civil legal advice as well as traditional human rights cases. After completing a study to mark Lovells’ decade of pro bono work, the firm’s pro bono partner Crispin Rapinet said: “Although not forgetting our commitment to those […]

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