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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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Salans beefs up in Madrid with Linklaters partner hire

European firm Salans has picked up a real estate partner from Linklaters in a boost for its Madrid office. Jesús Varela moves to Salans after two years as a partner at Linklaters. He focuses on real estate financing and refinancing transactions and will also contribute to Salans’ banking and finance and restructuring practice groups. Varela […]

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Cynical litigation will remain par for the course

The decision by the Government and the Mayor of London that the Olympic ­Stadium should remain in public ­ownership has put the judicial review process firmly in the spotlight. Sports minister Hugh Robertson has said the decision was taken to end the “legal paralysis” and uncertainty caused by the applications by Tottenham Hotspur FC and […]

Freshfields names Kleiman as new Paris chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Commercial arbitration and litigation specialist Elie Kleiman – who […]

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Taylor Wessing launches LGBT property network

Taylor Wessing has launched a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people working in the property industry. The City firm claims the circle, which is still searching for a name, is the first such association in the real estate industry. It launched earlier this month with an event at Taylor Wessing’s offices for […]

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