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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.

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BNP Paribas appoints North American legal chief

BNP Paribas has appointed a new general counsel for North America. Betty Whelchel joins BNP Paribas following spells as global counsel at Deutsche Asset Management and a period at Shearman & Sterling in Tokyo. Whelchel will report to Hubert de Vauplane, global head of corporate and investment banking legal, and Everett Schenk, CEO of corporate […]

Bircham gets new managing partner

Bircham Dyson Bell head of company and commercial Guy Vincent has been confirmed as the firm’s new managing partner following an uncontested election. Vincent began his four-year term last Monday (5 September) after several other department heads who were tipped to stand for the role pulled out of the race following his nomination. He replaces […]

Deals Comment

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary and Travers Smith have taken the lead in a prospective bidding war for bookstore chain Ottakar’s after securing roles advising the management buyout (MBO) team and Phoenix Equity Partners respectively. They won the mandates after the chain’s founders launched a £79m MBO bid late last month through newly-formed company Book […]

Separated at birth

Anyone who’s ever watched the post-pub quiz show Distraction (come on, there must be one) will be familiar with the unique skills possessed by comedian Jimmy Carr. Carr is a master at making people laugh at things they know they shouldn’t. Often very, very difficult or even taboo subjects which make the participants hugely uncomfortable. […]

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