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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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John Madden and Lisa Toporek take a look at new directions for corporate governance in the US The recent corporate scandals at companies such as Enron and WorldCom have given rise not only to the perception that the ‘gatekeepers’, on whom investors rely to assure market integrity, have failed, but also to widespread expectations that […]

Vincent & Elkins rides out Enronitis as oil/gas sector sends its regards

Clifford Chance placed third in eyes of energy companies; utilities lawyers target the Middle East, CIS and Africa Involvement in the Enron scandal has failed to change the views of in-house counsel towards Houston firm Vinson & Elkins. In Petroleum Economist magazine’s latest survey, the firm was voted international law firm with the best knowledge […]

WorldCom pleads with US courts for extra law firms

Weil Gotshal to be joined by a host of extra US firms as bankrupt telecoms giant fights for rebirth Bankrupt telecommunications giant WorldCom has mounted a plea to the US courts to have five more law firms help it out of bankruptcy. Weil Gotshal & Manges is currently advising the telecoms company on its bankruptcy […]

ABP counsel scoop almost £3m in fees

Counsel acting for Associated British Ports (ABP) in a public inquiry have negotiated vast fees totalling almost £3m The fees for the lead counsel alone – Birmingham set 5 Fountain Court’s highly-rated Martin Kingston QC – totalled around £1.5m.Negotiators took an almost unprecedented 18 months to finalise the fees. Kingston’s juniors – Andrew Newcombe of […]

Conquering the US

The launch of Clifford Chance’s San Francisco office saw the profession’s biggest ever lateral hire CC makes lateral-hire history with mammoth raid on BrobeckThe award for most dramatic saga so far this year has to go to San Francisco-based Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells plundered the West Coast firm for the […]

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