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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.


Insurers face $3.5bn World Trade Center suit

A trio of New York firms have scooped roles advising on the $3.5bn (£1.9bn) litigation filed against World Trade Center insurers yesterday. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom insurance partner Timothy Reynolds is advising the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) alongside Wachtell Lipton’s Marc Wolinsky, acting for developer Larry Silverstein, in […]

Eversheds bolsters planning practice with DWS partner

Eversheds has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) planning partner Stephen Webb as the national giant aims to ramp up its planning offering. Eversheds has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) planning partner Stephen Webb as the national giant aims to ramp up its planning offering. The move leaves DWS with three planning partners – David Cox […]


CPS hit by racism allegations

The Crown Prosecution Service has been rocked by accusations of racism by one of its own prosecutors, former barrister Uma Bhardwaj. Bhardwaj is taking the CPS to the Central London Employment Tribunal, claiming its recruitment strategy discriminates against black and Asian recruits. In 2004, the CPS offered Bhardwaj a role as a senior prosecutor but […]

Clyde & Co launches in US following raid

Clyde & Co is breaking into the US market with offices in New York and Los Angeles and the hire of four partners from US firm Condon & Forsyth. Partners Diane Westwood Wilson, Christopher Carlsen and Andrew Harakas are establishing Clyde’s New York office, while Kevin Sutherland will be based in Los Angeles. The team’s […]

Freshfields to ditch all-equity model

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s partners have voted in favour of ditching the magic circle firm’s cherished all-equity partnership model. As first reported on (28 June), the voting concluded last week, with the majority of Freshfields’ partners voting in favour of giving the firm the option to introduce fixed-share partners. Freshfields’ partnership council approved the plans to create fixed-share […]

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