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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.


Norton Rose Bag Bulgarian Tender

Norton Rose has won a lucrative tender from the Bulgarian Government to advise on the restructuring of the country’s power sector. Norton Rose formed a consortium with Deloitte & Touche and Thomas & Associes and beat off competition from six other consortia to triumph in a competitive tendering process. The team will advise the National […]

Kemp gains 60 IT clients this year

IT law firm Kemp & Co claims it has gained 60 major new clients and is competing for work with large practices . The firm, which will have five partners when Lucy Vernall is promoted on 1 December, has gained clients such as mobile telephone company One2One, and internet service provider Demon Internet over the […]

Berwins partners defect to Olswang

Olswang has lured two key partners from Berwin Leighton’s highly-respected private equity team. Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie will join Olswang as soon as they have negotiated their exit from Berwin Leighton. Jonathan Goldstein, chief executive at Olswang, says their arrival will prove a big step in building a full-service practice for new media clients. […]

Pennon Group (formally South West Water)

In July this year, South West Water, the principal subsidiary of Pennon Group, came under fire for awarding huge pay rises after three of the top directors at South West Water’s parent company cashed in share options. The group subsequently became the subject of much controversy since the decision to bestow salary increases of well […]

Baker & Botts takes Lovells energy chief

US firm Baker & Botts has lured Lovell White Durrant’s head of energy as it expands its London office. Tony Higginson joins the Houston-based firm’s London operation to lead its UK energy practice. He joins fellow energy partner Samantha Hampshire, who has defected from Arnheim Tite & Lewis (The Lawyer, 4 October). Higginson has specialised […]

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