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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.

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Baker & McKenzie plans merger with Spanish practice Jimenez

Baker & McKenzie has found a Spanish firm to merge with in the continuing battle by UK and international law firms to find suitable European alliances.Nigel Carrington, chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s European and Middle East Council, says: “We are in an advanced state of negotiations with a view to merging with Jimenez de Parga.”Baker […]

Entertainments must get businesslike

The recent legal battle in which James Palumbo’s Ministry of Sound (MoS) companies sued one of its former key executives for breach of contract, is seen by top lawyers as highlighting the importance of equitable remedies in the fast moving and often informal environment of the entertainment industry. The recent case centred on Lynn Cosgrave, […]

In brief: Freshfields

Freshfields is to take on six new assistants in its Paris office. The appointments will be in the corporate finance and finance department and are designed, says finance partner Jean-Luc Michaud, to redress the uneven ratio of assistants to partners.

Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris remains undaunted by the prospect of long working hours at US firm O’Melveny & Myers- he’s simply given up all his hobbies, writes Sean Farrell Much is made of the long hours worked by English lawyers for US firms, but Adrian Harris is undaunted. The new partner at US firm O’Melveny & Myers’ […]

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society says it is attempting to persuade the Chinese authorities to relax their stance on allowing Chinese lawyers into English firms based in China. Herbert Smith and Holman Fenwick & Willan are the latest UK firms licensed to practise in China. Part of China’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) involves […]

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