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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 and Freshfields advise on MBO of Barclays private equity arm

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won advisory roles on the management buyout of Barclays Bank’s private equity arm. Under the deal, Barclays Private Equity (BPE) is set to be spun out and renamed Equistone Partners Europe. Clifford Chance private equity head David Walker, the firm’s longstanding relationship partner for BPE, advised Equistone alongside funds […]


Camerons augments Integreon tie with HR hire

CMS Cameron McKenna has appointed a former colleague of DLA Piper senior partner Tony Angel as director of people to manage the relationship with its HR operation, which has been outsourced to Integreon. The firm said former ­Linklaters lawyer Jennifer Emery will focus on its firmwide “strategy for people”. She will be in charge of […]

David Allen Green

Law Blogs #4 – 14 November 2011

From why lawyers are dreadful to work with to “military hunks” calendars. By David Allen Green, Media Correspondent of The Lawyer Last week Louise Restell told the blogosphere why lawyers are so dreadful to work with . One fears there is a lot in this.  It is certainly the case that in most City law […]

Right direction

The most recent e-discovery practice direction has been pitched just right and should be followed as a matter of course, says Vince Neicho  A practice direction (PD) ­supplements the Civil ­Procedure Rules, providing binding direction as to the way in which each rule should be interpreted and applied in practice. So one year after ’PD31B: Disclosure […]

Michael Napier

Napier announces retirement from Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell chairman Michael Napier is to retire from the firm after 40 years. Napier will stand down at the end of the year when the firm will announce a non-executive chairman as his successor. Napier joined Irwin Mitchell in 1972 and spent 29 years as senior partner of the firm. He is widely credited […]

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