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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.



CC and Slaughters lead Corus and CSN’s transatlantic tie-up Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have taken the leading roles on a groundbreaking merger between Corus and Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN). The tie-up will create the world’s fifth-largest steel company and the only transatlantic one.A Clifford Chance team led by New York-based, […]

The whole truth?

Enronitis has caused a fever of anticipation – and dread – over new regulations to make corporate lawyers report client misdeeds to the powers that be. Jon Robins reports

Orrick looks for further growth in Los Angeles with new office head

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has appointed real estate partner Michael McAndrews as head of its Los Angeles office McAndrews has specialised in real estate-related matters for more than 20 years. His practice counts corporates, financial institutions, investment companies and real estate developers among its clients.John MacKerron, managing director for offices, said: “Mike’s strong leadership skills […]

Beachcroft Wansbroughs gives IP a leg-up by hiring ex-Finers partner

Beachcroft Wansbro-ughs has boosted its intellectual property (IP) practice by hiring Robin Fry as a partner Fry has joined the national firm’s London office from e-learning company 2Ends.He spent two years as co-director of 2Ends, which provides in-house continuing professional development programmes to law firms, and prior to that was a partner at Finers Stephens […]

The Leader Column

Who can tell the best way to deal with a downturn? Is it best to proceed with caution? Or should you be hell-bent on using it as a time to get one over on the magic circle, seeing it as an opportunity to nab partners normally out of your league? Only time will tell. Norton […]

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