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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.


Latin lovers

As the old ways falter, has the time come for Anglo-Saxon firms to triumph in Italy? They certainly think so It took Julius Caesar a couple of attempts to conquer England. Now, 2,000 years later, Anglo-Saxon firms are launching their own second invasion of the Italian market. The past few months have seen a flurry […]

Addleshaws looks to insurance group litigation…

Addleshaw Goddard’s insurance practice is linking up with its newly created class actions group as the firm repositions itself in expectation of an economic downturn. The firm has made the move as it expects to see an increase in insurance group litigation orders in the UK as a result of the US mortgage crisis sparking […]

McDermott loses its way in City as US management keeps shtoom

Last week (17 September) The Lawyer reported on the departure of McDermott Will & Emery corporate rainmaker William Charnley, who defected to rival firm Mayer Brown. His move is the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the US firm’s London office, leading people to speculate that discontent is rife and morale is […]

Electrocomponents launches panel review

Electronic components supplier Electrocomponents has launched a full panel review after announcing that Linklaters has been handed the role of lead corporate adviser. Linklaters came through in a four-way pitch between Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ashurst and Clifford Chance. Electrocomponents is now kicking off a second tender, to find law firms for its general commercial, IP, […]

Guildhall QC bolsters Vickery defence

Guildhall Chambers silk Richard Smith QC has managed to get England rugby captain Phil Vickery a lenient punishment after his trip on USA centre Paul Emerick. The International Rugby Board (IRB) disciplinary panel banned Vickery for two matches for the trip. The full sanction could have been as much as four weeks, but judicial officer […]

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