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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 makes gains in NY

Clifford Chance looks to have turned the tide on its shrinking New York office with the hire of real estate partner Howard Peskoe from US rival Winston & Strawn. Peskoe joins as co-chair of the real estate practice in the Americas, alongside current chairman David Djaha. He was previously a partner in Winston & Strawn’s […]

City litigation teams close the gap on CC

The gap is closing between the top City litigation practices following a strong year for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Although Clifford Chance remains the UK’s largest litigation practice, bringing in £183m in the last financial year, contentious turnover was significantly down from 2004’s £225m. Meanwhile, Freshfields saw an upturn in litigation on the back of such […]

CC tops the lot in Euro private equity

Partners from Clifford Chance, Lovells and Weil Gotshal & Manges have emerged as the leading rainmakers in the European private equity market. Clifford Chance Luxem-bourg partner Charles Roemers topped the individual partner private equity value table, based on instructions from the bidder company for the period 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005, according to […]

Blood money

The ambulance-chasers are back Personal injury lawyers may insist there is no such thing as a compensation culture, but recent reports of ambulance-chasers milling around the victims of the London bombings have done little to assist their cause. Nevertheless, it was the Law Society that this month outed those (non-lawyer) claims companies for trying to […]

Deals round-up

Herbert Smith has scooped a mandate to advise defence technology business QinetiQ on its proposed £1.1bn London Stock Exchange debut. Herbert Smith’s relationship with QinetiQ spans several years. The City firm advised the company when it was privatised, with US investment house Carlyle Group taking a strategic stake in the business. Clifford Chance is advising […]

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