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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.


Glaisyers lands Cobbetts property partner

Glaisyers has hired Cobbetts partner Eric Quirk to strengthen its commercial property team. Quirk, who specialises in property development and investment, leaves Cobbetts after three years as a partner to join Glaisyers. Quirk told The Lawyer: “I chose Glaisyers as it’s a less management-driven, very enthusiastic midmarket firm. Even quite large clients often feel overcharged […]

US trio scoop lead roles on Harrah’s bid

Latham & Watkins, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have secured key mandates advising on the $15bn (£7.9bn) private equity bid for US casino operator Harrah’s Entertainment. If successful, private equity houses’ Apollo Management and Texas Pacific’s joint offer for the casino operator would be one of the largest leveraged […]

A good result for Mishcons

The procession of football folk traipsing through Mishcons’ offices may have reduced in size recently, but it looks like it will be continuing for some time yet. So far Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington’s seven-month inquiry into alleged corruption in football transfers has uncovered not a single bung. We will have to wait until December, when […]

DWS wins Mobo Awards media mandate

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) media team has scooped a role advising the organisers of the Music of Black Origin (Mobo) Awards. Media partner Ingrid Silver led the team, negotiating licence deals with UK pop stars Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamelia, Lemar and their record companies. The stars performed at the award ceremony held at the Royal […]

White & Case raids CC for Berlin growth

White & Case has boosted its Berlin corporate team with a three-lawyer raid on Clifford Chance‘s Düsseldorf office. The former head of Clifford Chance’s Berlin office, which was closed in November 2004, and corporate M&A partner Jorg Kraffel will move to White & Case at the end of this year after 16 years as an […]

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