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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.


Careers: in brief

A senior figure at Scottish firm Pagan Osborne has been named as a trust law specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. Bill Pagan, who heads the 10-partner firm’s tax, trust and strategic financial planning department, joins a select band of 14 Scottish solicitors to receive the recognition, considered by many as one of the […]

The phone home

The Nordic telecoms market continues to be particularly mobile. Henrik Nilsson provides the lowdown The Nordic telecoms market resembles similar markets in many other countries. It is dominated by the established incumbent telecoms operators, although these are under competitive pressure from latter-day arrivals (more often than not another country’s incumbent). It is also in a […]

Freshfields’ Salz takes on part time BBC vice-chairman role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ’s co-senior partner Anthony Salz will see an extra £28,000 added to his annual pay-packet after accepting a two-day-a-week role as vice-chairman of the BBC. The magic circle firm declined to comment on whether Salz will take a cut in pay from the firm once he takes up the position this month. […]

It’s no joke

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman were working on a deal. Cue terrible joke, except this one is actually true. Scottish firm McGrigors’ US-born London corporate partner David Mandell was advising online travel group CNG Travel on its AIM IPO recently. Kiwi partner Sean Wallace of BCM Hanby Wallace was advising CNG on local […]

White & Case Italy targets Morano for rebuilding plan

White & Case is attempting to reinvigorate its Italian operation by taking on the name partner of Milan independent Morano e Associati. The US firm is in advanced talks with Alberto Morano, a private equity and acquisition finance specialist and managing partner of the Milan-based boutique. While no deal has yet been finalised, it is […]

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