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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.


A&O, CC and Norton Rose win £4.5bn Barclays deal

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Norton Rose have scooped lead roles on Barclays’ £4.5bn share issue. Norton Rose partner Martin Scott led the firm advising the China Development Bank in its purchase of £136m of new shares. The mandate is the first the firm has won since being elected onto the bank’s panel in […]

Osborne Clarke scoops Real Estate Team of Year

Osborne Clarke won the Real Estate Team of the Year award at last night’s The Lawyer Awards 2008. The Bristol-based firm won the trophy for its work advising Eurostar and London & Continental on the high-profile St Pancras development. Osborne Clarke beat last year’s winner Ashurst, as well as the other shortlisted firms Eversheds, Pinsent […]

Bird & Bird crowned International Firm of Year

Bird & Bird won International Firm of the Year at The Lawyer awards last night, in recognition of a global expansion strategy that has helped the firm triple its revenue over the last seven years. The award was presented by Lord Falconer at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane last night, with managing […]

Freshfields’ feat

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer stole the show at The Lawyer Awards 2008, walking off with the Law Firm of the Year Award. Lord Falconer presented chief executive Ted Burke with the award on Tuesday (24 June). The firm also won Competition Team of the Year, while Lewis Silkin won Employment Team of the Year for defending […]

Music industry body finds new GC within

Music industry association IFPI has ended its year-long search for a general counsel, promoting litigation head Jo Oliver to the top job. The position had been vacant since April last year after former general counsel Geoff Taylor joined associated music industry group BPI as chief executive. A spokesperson for IFPI said the legal group had […]

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