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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.



While Intelek might be a relatively new client for DLA, corporate partner Chris Rawstron knows the aerospace electronics group of old, since he acted for it for years in his previous role as a pre-merger Edge Ellison lawyer. While the purchase of Paradise Datacom was based in the UK, a stake in a US subsidiary […]

Hammonds opens in Berlin and Munich and to merge in France

National law firm Hammond Suddards Edge has voted to take on a German team to set up offices in Berlin and Munich. It also approved a merger with Paris firm Hausmann & Associés (as revealed The Lawyer, 12 February). As revealed on The Lawyer’s website (, five partners from German firm Knauthe Paul Schmitt will […]

Mostyn-Williams set to join Landwell London

Landwell is taking on Stephen Mostyn-Williams, the former head of acquisition finance at Shearman & Sterling’s London office. Mostyn-Williams will join as business development director and will work at least three days a week at the firm, which is linked to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He will continue with his new job as managing director at debt […]


RWE makes a £1.87bn public offer for Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico, beating a joint bid from EdP and CajAstur, as well as an increased bid from Ferrotatlantico and EnBW. RWE represented by Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz (Ulrich Blech) and Melchor De Las Heras Albinana & Suarez de Lezo (Carlos Pena). Financial adviser Lazard. Hidroelectrica del Cantabrico […]

Buchanans takes on NY construction team

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on a four-partner construction law team to ramp up its New York presence. The team is joining from 80-lawyer boutique firm Baer Marks & Upham. Its recent projects include the renovation of Grand Central Station and the New York Museum of Modern Art. The group is led by partner […]

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