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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.


Clifford Chance raids Dutch firm

Tom de Waard and Hector de Beaufort – both mergers and acquisitions specialists – were voted in as partners of Clifford Chance on Monday. Clifford Chance opened in Amsterdam in 1998 and now has a 16-partner office there, with 104 lawyers. The departure of De Waard and De Beaufort comes just a year after Stibbe […]

BP Amoco

In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco – believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover. The deal put BP Amoco at the very top of the energy market, but the company’s next attempt to build on its already substantial market […]

Quote of the week

“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

Witness payments to be reviewed

The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials. Officials from the LCD, Home Office, Law Officers Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are charged with producing a report on the issue by […]

Embrace challenges technology presents

I would imagine that most lawyers have been reflecting on the unprecedented pace of change in the marketplace for legal services. If anything, the already hectic pace of change is going to accelerate, bringing a host of further challenges and opportunities to lawyers. A major factor driving this change is the impact of information technology, […]

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