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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.


Firms gain as regional press M&As continue

A RASH of mergers and acquisitions in the regional press has signalled a boom in work for regulatory and competition lawyers. Brussels-based Herbert Smith partner Craig Pouncey is advising Newsquest in its takeover talks with Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers (PSN). The proposed takeover has been referred to the Monopoly & Mergers Commission (MMC), which is […]

Medecins Sans Frontier appoints Dibbs' lawyer

World humanitarian aid organisation Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) has appointed a Dibb Lupton Alsop associate as its counsel for Europe. Mike Pullen, who is based at Dibbs’ office in Brussels, will exclusively handle the charity’s dealings with the European Union. He will deal particularly with cross-border regulations. The charity sends out doctors, medical supplies and […]

CC rumoured in Skadden Arps merger

CLIFFORD Chance’s US ambitions may be bigger than previously thought amid rumours that it is to merge with New York’s biggest firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Sources suggest reports of ongoing merger talks with medium-sized firm Rogers & Wells are being used as a smoke-screen for a much bigger move. Skadden Arps, which […]

Firm insider blamed for Shoosmiths speculation

Northampton-based law firm Shoosmiths & Harrison is merging the operations of its Rugby and Nottingham office, while strenuously denying that two of its satellite offices are to close. But in an extraordinary twist, Shoosmiths managing partner Graham New has admitted that one of his own staff is spreading disinformation about the firm. He claims that […]

Concerned clients

BIRMINGHAM firms get a B+ for effort, but a warning that they could do better, in the first of The Lawyer’s exclusive surveys of client response to regional law firms. The fact that 25 per cent of the Midlands businesses questioned went out of the region for all their legal services shows that local law […]

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