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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.



The first week of June was party time for English football, nati-onal champions and the Slaughter and May competition team. Conversely, it was a bad one for golden shares, France and the European Commission (EC).In its busiest week for some time, the Court of First Instance (CFI) announced two decisions that have encouraging implications for […]

Further confusion as conditional fee uplifts case about to be heard

Fresh uncertainty has arisen over lawyers’ uplifts in conditional fee cases just days before the Law Lords are meant to establish guidelines on this crucial issue affecting thousands of lawyers Thousands of cases are now waiting in the wings for a Court of Appeal judgment on a tiny RTA case that will establish whether or […]

Altheimer nabs Holman Fenwick partner

Altheimer & Gray is expanding its dispute resolution practice as it takes on a senior litigation partner from Holman Fenwick & Willan Patricia Martin, who has a high-profile commodities practice, will focus on developing the firm’s pan-European dispute resolution practice. Her work covers all aspects of general commercial litigation, with an emphasis on international trade.Martin […]

A&O lures corporate ace away from Cuatrecasas

UK firm makes second high-profile hire in eighteen months; major clients are part of the package Spanish firm Cuatrecasas has suffered the loss of one of Spain’s most respected corporate lawyers to Allen & Overy (A&O). Fernando Torrente, the director of corporate finance at Cuatr-ecasas, who is known as ‘Mr IPO’ in the Spanish market, […]

Landwell wins on golden shares case

Landwell’s Belgian firm Bogaert & Vandemeule-broeke successfully defended the Belgian government in the recent ruling on golden shares The court ruled that, unlike Belgian golden shares, those used in France and Portugal are illegal.Landwell now hopes that the Belgian model will be adopted across the EU, providing the firm with more opportunities to advise European […]

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