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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.


Mishcons poaches planning specialist

Mishcon De Reya is poaching a key Eversheds planning lawyer in a bid to expand its property department. Gordon Campbell says he was head of planning and environment at Eversheds in the capital, but the firm maintains he did not hold such a title. He is recognised as one of the leading planning lawyers in […]

Kingsford Stacey wins council work

City firm Kingsford Stacey Blackwell’s county roots helped it win one of its biggest ever property contracts – a disposal for Hertfordshire County Council of properties worth £27m. The firm won the work against competition from larger firms, one of which was national. The council refuses to name the competition. Kingsford Stacey, which has 24 […]

Cameron McKenna's Head of Africa jumps ship to US firm

Biggs is the third Camerons projects partner to leave for a US firm in just over six months. In August Martin Stewart-Smith and Paul Stock decided to jump ship for the London office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Biggs is head of Camerons’ African group and his departure will come as a blow to the […]

Stanbrooks lures lawyers from closed Belgian firm

Stanbrook & Hooper and Bird & Bird have benefited from the break-up of Belgian firm Cannart Andre-Dumont Erkelens Goethals. Brussels-based Stanbrooks has lured two of the firm’s partners – Emmanuel de Cannart d’Hamale and Hubert Andre-Dumont – and four associates to set up its Belgian corporate and commercial department. Another Cannarts partner, Catherine Erkelens, has […]

London leads way in mediation boom

Mediation and arbitration is a growth area throughout the legal market – and London has become the leading centre for settling cross-border cases. Claire Smith reports. The litigation market is experiencing a radical shake-up. “Those firms that are into mediation and arbitration work are well placed,” says leading alternative dispute resolution (ADR) partner Stephen York […]

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