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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.



Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go

Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs, while 130 to 150 members of business services staff will also be affected. Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go” />Magic circle firm Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs as […]

Paris Smith chief ends 10-year reign

Southampton firm Paris Smith’s senior partner Richard Smith has retired after 10 years at the helm. Nick Vaughan, who specialises in commercial property, lending and ­charities law, replaced him as senior partner at the ­beginning of this year. Smith specialised in family law for more than 25 years. He took over as senior partner in […]


Ropes & Gray makes 106 support staff redundant

Boston-headquartered Ropes & Gray has announced that it was laying off 106 of its support staff, the equivalent of around 10 per cent of its non-lawyer personnel across all departments in the firm. In a statement, Ropes chairman Brad Malt said his firm’s clients and marketplace had been “seriously affected” by the continuing global economic […]

Herbert Smith lands Nortel job

Herbert Smith is advising Ernst & Young on the ­administration of the European businesses of Canadian ­telephone manufacturer Nortel Networks. The Herbert Smith team is being led by ­restructuring ­partner Stephen Gale and ­Laurence Elliott and includes corporate partners Gavin Davies and Alan ­Montgomery, pensions partner Roderick Morton and ­employment ­partner Andrew Taggart. In the […]

Freshfields, Links team up on Xstrata rights issue

Mining group Xstrata is set to launch a £4.1bn rights issue, leading to mandates for magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters. Freshfields has emerged as the main corporate adviser to Xtrata, having worked on its hostile bid for Falconbridge in 2006. Corporate partner Julian Makin worked on that deal and has also been […]

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