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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.


Standard & Poor’s appoints new Euro legal chief

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has named James Penrose as its new senior European counsel. Penrose takes over from Ian Bell who now heads S&P’s European structured finance credit rating business after six years in the role. Penrose is now responsible over seeing the ratings analysts for structured finance, corporate public finance and sovereign groups. […]

Ex-Coudert Frankfurt chief joins German rival

Coudert Brothers’ former Frankfurt senior partner has joined German firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye as of counsel. Peter Forster is a real estate expert and the first notary to join the 17-strong Büsing. Coudert announced the closure of its German offices in June and is in the process of phasing them out. The firm gained […]

Investec looks for referrals after gifting Halliwells place on panel

Halliwells has landed a place on the advisory panel to Investec Bank’s growing Manchester office in the hope that the firm will provide client referrals to the investment bank. The firm’s appointment bolsters Investec’s local legal panel of nine firms, with Halliwells expected to advise primarily on property-related banking work. A spokesperson for the Investec […]

Addleshaws plays star role advising Filmbank on new screening licence

Addleshaw Goddard has landed Filmbank as a new client after advising the film distribution company on an innovative new licence. Media partner Euan Lawson led the team advising Filmbank on the new Public Video Screening Licence (PVSL), launched in July. The licence is designed to help organisations and businesses such as schools, retailers and churches […]

Pfizer adviser

Business and biotechnological expertise go hand-in-hand at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Europe’s legal department – along with a dash of innovation. Lorraine Cushnie reports Donise Winter is not a woman to walk away from a challenge. As European legal director for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) Europe, Winter and her two-man team have responsibility for all business […]

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