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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.


White & Case takes on two in Germany

White & Case in Frankfurt is continuing its expansion with the appointment of two new partners. M&A partner Antje Mattfeld joins from Schön Nolte Finkelnburg & Clemm, where she advised on cross-border transactions; she is also experienced in competition law. Finance lawyer Julia Müller joins on 1 August from Allen & Overy, where she was […]

Bird & Bird lands French IT/IP partner

Bird & Bird has taken on a partner from Andersen Legal’s Paris arm SG Archibald to advise on competition work in the IT sector. Olivier Fréget, who joined the firm last week, was a partner in the intellectual property/IT group at SG Archibald and also head of competition and European Union work. He advises major […]

The anorak

I sat in my office a few hundred yards from Oxford Circus surrounded by journalists, all of whom were gazing intently at their screens or desperately searching the web. This wasn’t the normal press day rush to find a story, they were looking for webcams or streaming TV coverage of the May Day demonstrations and […]

Lovells bags Ericsson work

Lovells is advising on the first pan-European property outsourcing deal involving the £200m sale of property owned by cash-poor Swedish telecoms company Ericsson. Ericsson is close to sealing a deal to take a swathe of European properties off its balance sheet. The deal plays to Lovells’ strength as a leader in the property outsourcing business […]

Personal protection

modern organisations rely on vast amounts of data. Much of this data contains information identifying individuals and will be considered “personal data” within the scope of the European Data Protection Directive. This is implemented into various national laws, for example in the UK by the Data Protection Act 1998. Data used by organisations can be […]

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