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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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Cleveland firm merges to hit top 20

Cleveland firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey is to become one of the top 20 US firms after finalising a merger with California-based Graham & James. The acquisition of the practice and its offices in California and Asia gives the firm 675 lawyers in 25 locations around the world. Only Graham & James’ New York office, […]

Chadbourne & Parke wins fight to open Beijing office

New York firm Chadbourne & Parke is to open an office in China, having been granted a licence by the Chinese Ministry of Justice. Chadbournes applied for the licence in 1994. It has finally received its certificate of approval and is now in the process of deciding exactly which lawyers it will charge with the […]

‘The elder statesman of the banking world’

Rodgin Cohen Banking lawyer ‘par excellence’ Rodgin Cohen has just taken over the chairmanship of Sullivan & Cromwell. Devoted to his practice and one of the firm’s biggest billers, he is no less committed to making Sullivan & Cromwell the market leader in Europe. Claire Smith reports. Rodgin Cohen has a deadly serious expression on […]

CCR&W boosts DC litigation

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells is taking on a litigation counsel from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to boost its Washington DC office. Fred Reinke is joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice and specialises in complex commercial and international litigation. Reinke says he has decided to move to the newly-merged firm because of […]

McGrigor Donald posts record profits

McGrigor Donald has announced record financial results. The firm’s annual review, published this week, shows fee income up 23 per cent on last year and an increase in turnover and profitability for the year ending 30 April. Following the opening of a Belfast office in January, the firm became the first to practise in all […]

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