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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.


Olswang partner takes retail property clients to Clyde & Co

CLYDE & Co is strengthening its business law group by expanding its Middle East presence and poaching a leading property partner from Olswang. The departing Olswang partner David Wyatt is taking his clients, which include Carphone Warehouse and Tandy, with him, as his old firm is pulling out of retail property work. Wyatt says: “I’d […]

Chadbournes in Tunisian power deal

Chadbourne & Parke, Baker & McKenzie and Davis Polk & Wardwell and have completed a £480m deal to construct a power station expected to supply 25 per cent of Tunisia’s electricity. US firm Chadbourne & Parke acted for the sponsors on the deal, PSEG Global, Sithe Energies and the Marubeni Corporation, which formed a Tunisian […]

Case of the week

Former solicitor and social security secretary Harriet Harman’s alleged stalker is suing the Metropolitan Police. After Harman unsuccessfully represented John Masterson in a civil liberties case, he waged a campaign against her which included a hunger strike outside Labour Party headquarters. Masterton was later arrested and charged with threatening to kill her, even though experts […]

Sema Group to slash 15-strong legal panel

Anglo-French IT & business services giant Sema Group is cutting back its UK external law firms from 15 to just one or two. FTSE 100 company Sema, which recorded a 25 per cent growth in turnover to £669m for the first six months of this year, is to put its external legal work out to […]

Arnheim Tite boasts rise in fees income

Arnheim Tite & Lewis, the associate law firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers, has announced a massive growth in fee income – despite losing six partners who quit to join rival accountancy firm KPMG’s legal arm. The firm has published a total fee income of £15.1m for the year ending 30 June 1999, an increase of 58 per […]

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