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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.


BLG promotes in all practice areas

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has made up five associates to partner, promoting its first employment lawyer for several years. The firm’s promotions also include one new partner in each of BLG’s core practice areas: general insurance, commercial litigation, corporate and aviation. Employment lawyer Nick Dent’s promotion is in response to a recent flurry of […]

Deals roundup

Eircom looks to Freshfields on Babcock takeover offerFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by corporate partners David Sonter and Stephen Hewes, has cemented its ties with client Eircom by advising on a potential E2.36bn (£1.63bn) takeover offer from Australian investment group Babcock & Brown, which made a formal approach last week. Eircom has given Babcock the go-ahead […]

MoFo beefs up entertainment team with Sony hire

Morrison & Foerster has hired the former general counsel of Sony Music. Lisa Weiss, who joins the firm’s New York office as a partner, was general counsel of Sony Music prior to its merger with entertainment rival BMG last year. She was also formerly a corporate partner at New York-based Rosenman & Colin, where she […]

US Federal Trade Commission makes double hire for Bureau of Competition

The US Federal Trade Commission has recruited two senior competition lawyers to take up leading roles at the Bureau of Competition. Kenneth Glazer and David Wales have joined the bureau as deputy directors from Coca-Cola and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft respectively. The pair replace former deputy director Barry Nigro, who left the bureau last November […]

Bakers hires BLP private banking expert

Baker & McKenzie has hired Berwin Leighton Paisner private banking expert Henry Frydenson. Frydenson will join the London office of Bakers next week as a full-time consultant. The position is the equivalent of a partner. He will join the private banking team, which has tripled in size in less than three years following a strategic […]

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