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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.


Madge about the girl…

The sweet sound of good brandy splashing into a crystal glass is music enough to Tulkinghorn’s ears, but the managing partners of the UK’s biggest firms demand something a little louder. And clad in leather. Madonna, to be precise. DLA Piper’s Nigel Knowles recently ­entertained a few of ­Tulkinghorn’s scribes at Wembley Stadium, and was […]

Ashurst advises CarVal on Lehman’s £100m salary lifeline

Ashurst advises CarVal on Lehman’s £100m salary lifeline” />Ashurst has advised the lender on a £100m emergency loan that will ensure the London staff of Lehman Brothers get paid at the end of September. The firm advised finance house CarVal Investors on the loan facility to Lehman administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The loan enabled PwC to […]

Profile: Charlie Geffen, Ashurst senior partner

Ashurst senior partner” />Ashurst’s new senior partner elect, Charlie Geffen, said today that the future of Ashurst’s business lies overseas, pledging a major expansion in Asia. “The future is very much focused on strong development of the business we’ve got in London, in Europe and as we expand that into Asia and the Middle East,” […]

A&O raids Shearman for Munich launch

Allen & Overy (A&O) is to open its fifth German office in Munich next month.The new office will be headed by Shearman & Sterling’s current Munich chief Gottfried Breuninger, who is also Shearman’s global co-head of tax. He will join with Munich M&A partner Astrid Krüger, who was made up at Shearman in 2006. A&O […]

Judge rules for Nixon Peabody in TWF battle

Taylor Wessing has lost its court battle to prevent US firm Nixon Peabody poaching 13 partners from its Paris office. The dispute arose after merger discussions between the US firm and Taylor Wessing France (TWF) failed last year, as reported on ; ;(6 August 2008). The New York State Supreme Court ruled in a summary […]

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