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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.


Eversheds eyes Central and Eastern Europe

Eversheds eyes Central and Eastern Europe” />Eversheds is considering a significant expansion of its international network during the current financial year, with Central and Eastern Europe pencilled in as the most likely new outposts. The significant opportunities offered in the region, particularly in the projects and PPP arenas, are drawing the national firm’s attention. Eversheds […]

Addleshaws lands Sofia dispute tender

Addleshaw Goddard‘s construction litigation team has beaten Norton Rose and two local firms to win a competitive tender to act for the Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and Communications. The firm will represent the ministry in a dispute surrounding the E110m (£75m) national airport in Sofia with Austrian-based contractors Strabag International. The airport underwent a massive […]

BOC unveils first-ever in-house MBA

Global industrial gases group BOC is to launch the UK’s first-ever MBA specifically for in-house lawyers. It plans to begin the course later this year and will run the MBA in conjunction with other in-house legal functions to make the project viable financially. It has held discussions with potential course providers Ashbridge Business School and […]

Middle feast

The Middle East is bracing itself for a wave of IPO activity with the opening of a new financial market and a relaxation of traditional barriers. James Robertson and Mustafa Hussain report The trend for IPOs and the rise of the Middle East financial markets look set to continue with the announcement that a new […]

Lovells wins work on Equitable sell-off

Lovells has scooped an instruction from Equitable Life as it disposes of £4.6bn of its annuity business to Canada Life. It is a nice piece of work for Lovells, which has been steadily strengthening its relationship with the mutual for the past five years on non-contentious matters. The firm was first brought in to handle […]

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