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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.


Amerada Hess

Amerada Hess makes £2.4bn bid for UK independent oil company Lasmo. Amerada Hess advised by Goldman Sachs, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Tim Emmerson) and White & Case (Timothy Goodell). Lasmo represented by Slaughter and May (Simon Phillips), Sullivan & Cromwell (Richard Morrissey), Schroder Salomon Smith Barney, Cazenove & Co and UBS Warburg.

Herbert Smith Appoints New Paris Partner

Lazarus, who has been a partner with Jeantet for 20 years, joins Herbert Smith early next year with a team of three assistant avocats. Neil Brimson, managing partner of Herbert Smith’s Paris office says: “The arrival of Claude and his team will provide us with a first class EU/ competition law capability in Paris and […]

More chaos for Scottish courts

About 80 JPs – around 10 per cent of the total in Scotland – will not be allowed to hear cases from today due to fears that their status may be vulnerable to challenge under the European Convention on Human Rights. Only JPs who are also councillors or who are directly appointed by the councils […]

Leading Bankruptcy Judge Joins US Firm

Garrity will join Shearman & Sterlings international bankruptcy and insolvency practice which focuses on debtor, creditor group, bondholder and asset acquisition clients and out-of-court restructuring. The firm’s senior partner, Stephen Volk says: “Judge Garrity has broad expertise and will be able to counsel and represent clients on questions arising in insolvencies of virtually any size […]

EMI reshuffles senior global legal positions

Media giant EMI is reorganising its legal function with three new appointments to the management. Gareth Hopkins is becoming senior vice-president for legal and business affairs for EMI International, reporting to Shelagh MacLeod, the senior vice-president of worldwide legal and business affairs for EMI Recorded Music. In the newly-created role he will take over the […]

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