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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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Moves roundup; 22 September 2008

Norton Rose has hired former DLA Piper head of private equity in Italy, Davide ­Proverbio. He will be based in the firm’s Milan office. Move of the week • Norton Rose has hired former DLA Piper head of private equity in Italy, Davide ­Proverbio. He will be based in the firm’s Milan office. • A […]

Geffen takes Ashurst senior partner crown

Ashurst private equity head Charlie Geffen has won the race to succeed Geoffrey Green as senior partner, beating litigation partner Ed Sparrow to the job. Ashurst senior partner crown” />Ashurst private equity head Charlie Geffen (pictured) has won the race to succeed Geoffrey Green as senior partner, beating litigation partner Ed Sparrow to the job. […]

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Shearman’s London office scales back its corporate ambitions

Finance remains the focus but grand plan to take on the magic circle bites the dust. Finance has long been the bedrock of Shearman & Sterling’s global practice. As the Manhattan firm pursued its dreams of international expansion, it used its close ties with Merrill Lynch and Citigroup to advance into Europe and make waves […]

Decision day in Ashurst senior partner ballot

The race to become Ashurst senior partner is entering its final day today (Monday 22 September) as the firm’s partners conclude their voting. Several Ashurst sources say that the contest between corporate head Charlie ­Geffen and litigation head Ed Sparrow is a close one, ­splitting partner sentiment down the middle. The pair are vying to […]

Profile: Charlie Geffen, Ashurst senior partner

Ashurst’s senior partner elect, Charlie Geffen, said that the future of Ashurst’s business lies overseas, pledging a major expansion in Asia. Ashurstsenior 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 […]

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