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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.

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Simpson Thacher launches EC practice

US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has launched an EU competition practice in London for US clients increasingly entangled within the European Commission’s (EC) regulatory procedures.

Ofgem loss prompts in-house shake-up

Energy regulator Ofgem has made a series of changes to its in-house team following the return of seconded partner Charles Bankes to Simmons & Simmons.

Clyde in Central European drive with Belgrade office

Clyde & Co has opened an office in Belgrade in the first leg of its planned expansion into the former Yugoslavia and its surrounding countries. The five-person office was formally launched last week and will be run jointly by two local partners, Radoje Stefanovic and Miodrag Trajkovic. They also plan to use a network of […]

Andersen Legal wins administration work to save Australian airline giant

Andersen Legal in Australia has won a mandate to act on the administration of collapsed airline Ansett. A team led by partner Dominic Emmett is working in conjunction with Ansett administrators, Andersen partners Mark Mentha and Mark Korda.PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) Peter Hedge was originally appointed as Ansett’s administrator, but the company was obliged to resign from […]

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