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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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Akin partner boosts Reed Smith London

Reed Smith is continuing its expansionist streak in London with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Richard Hierons, at the same time as the Texan firm embarks on its own hiring spree. Hierons, a corporate specialist, joins Reed Smith today (18 April), bringing the number of lawyers in the firm’s UK […]

Norton Rose leaves Grabiner to discover Brussels alone

Whether it be for dinner or across the negotiating table, Lord Grabiner QC is not a man you stand up lightly. But that’s exactly what Norton Rose and Grabiner’s opposition counsel 20 Essex Street’s Stephen Morris QC did in Brussels last week. The legal teams were out in Brussels for a European Commission hearing over […]

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Bray named top corporate star

Sullivan & Crowmell corporate partner Garth Bray has topped the individual partner league tables (by value) for the past 12 months. Bray advised on six deals worth 59.3m euros between 1 April 2004 and 31 March 2005, according to Mergermarket, including the recent 6.7bn euro Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria – Banco Nazionale di Lavoro deal […]

Herbies gets £10m for DTI advice

Herbert Smith has racked up almost £10m in fees after advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the launch of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The firm pitched against a number of City rivals to scoop the two-year contract to advise the DTI on issues including the contractual framework needed to be put […]

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