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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.


Bank of China float set to open the floodgates

The Bank of China (Hong Kong) was finally listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to great public fanfare last Thursday morning (25 July) Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance had the key advisory roles on a deal that has been in the pipeline for over two years.The Bank of China is the first […]

Dickinson Dees' national strategy boosts turnover

North East firm Dickinson Dees has recorded an increase in turnover for the last financial year of 21 per cent, up from £26m to £31.5m Profits per partner stood at an average of £280,000 for the year, up from £235,000 the year before.The firm has a similar strategy to Leeds-based Walker Morris, in that it […]

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 […]

Global Crossing's Chapter 11 racks up legal fees of $13m

The law firms involved on Global Crossing have billed almost $13m (£8.3m) in fees in the months following the beleaguered company’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Fee applications filed with the New York court indicate that Weil Gotshal & Manges, which acts for Global Crossing, asked the court to clear almost $4m (£2.6m) […]

Hogan extends its reach into China

Hogan & Hartson is expanding its international operations into China The Washington DC-based firm will open an office in Beijing in August.The office will comprise seven lawyers, including two resident partners – Jun Wei and Steven Robinson – who will share the role of managing partner. Wei, who has practised in China since 1993, has […]

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