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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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CC New York wins back M&A lawyer from Orrick

Clifford Chance’s New York office has welcomed back an M&A lawyer just two years after he left for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Roland Furst is rejoining Clifford Chance after originally practising at the firm from 1995 until 2002 when he moved to… Clifford Chance’s New York office has welcomed back an M&A partner just two […]

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Nigeria brings in ADR as part of court reforms

A massive programme of court modernisation is underway in Nigeria, aimed at stamping out delays and corruption in the legal system. The changes are the result of civil justice reforms brought in earlier this year, the most significant of which is the introduction of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) centres handling mediations and arbitrations in the […]

Legal widow

Throughout his life, the Lawyer has regarded his career as being like a great mountain rearing up in front of him. He watched his step through the moraine of university and training; he found his footing and sped up the lower reaches of associatehood; he got his head down and put in the solid work […]

Law Lords protect legal advice privilege

The issue of legal privilege was in the spotlight again last week as the House of Lords overturned a Court of Appeal decision to make public documents connected to the BCCI case. The House of Lords overturned the appeal last Thursday (29 July), ending uncertainty over the meaning of legal advice privilege. The reasoned judgment […]

Bird & Bird bags Bae in-houser for aviation drive

Bird & Bird has scooped the group legal director of Bae Systems’ finance & treasury team to lead and build its international aviation & aerospace team. Paul Briggs will manage the firm’s international aviation and aerospace sector group together with Brussels-based partner Catherine Erkelens. “We don’t want to compete with Clifford Chance, Denton Wilde Sapte […]

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