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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.


ABN Amro wins permission to sell LaSalle

The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that Dutch bank ABN Amro does not require shareholder approval to sell US arm LaSalle to Bank of America (BoA). The ruling pushes Barclays one step further to having its $80bn (£39.37bn) bid to acquire ABN Amro accepted. Earlier this year (3 May) The Lawyer reported that Dutch investor […]

A&O, CC drive Anglo-Polish banking partnership

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance have scored lead roles on an innovative tie-up of the Polish and British banking sectors. A&O was lead adviser to PKO Bank Polski and Clifford Chance advised NatWest in the banks’ plan to partner up and corner the million-plus immigrant Polish community resident in the UK. At A&O, […]


LG: Penny Francis

LG’s partner profits fell last year. So can new offices, a new name and a new international strategy help the firm regain some momentum? When LG (formerly Lawrence Graham) announced in June a flat revenue of £66m and a drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) from £465,000 to £445,000 for the 2006-07 financial […]

Microsoft shakes up legal team

Microsoft UK has restructured its legal department, promoting commercial lawyer Dervish Tayyip to manage the legal group. Tayyip replaces Chris Parker, who has been promoted to senior director for law and corporate affairs in the UK. Before starting his new role, Tayyip managed the legal support for Microsoft’s services business across Europe, the Middle East […]

Home Depot nabs Staples GC

US company Home Depot has hired former Staples general counsel Jack VanWoerkom as its new executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary. VanWoerkom, who will be based at the company’s Atlanta headquarters, left his role as general counsel and corporate secretary at Staples in June to fill the post after general counsel Frank Fernandez stepped […]

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