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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.


In brief: Freshfields

Freshfields is acting as co-adviser to Olivetti’s financial advisers as the company raises funds for its hostile takeover bid for Telecom Italia. The firm is working alongside Clifford Chance, providing corporate advice to Mediobanca, Lehman Brothers, Donaldson Lufkin & Jeanrette and Chase Manhattan.

In brief: French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

French firm De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has benefited from the split in rival practice Moquet Borde. It has gained about 20 lawyers, including several partners from the beleaguered firm to strengthen its competition, mergers and acquisitions and telecommunications departments.

It's been a good week for…

Fast driving lawyers. In what is a victory for every lawyer with a half decent car and no consideration of their fellow road users, a Cardiff jury found that a businessman who was driving his u73,000 sports car at 140mph was not guilty of dangerous driving. His lawyer Nicholas Jones said: “This was not dangerous […]

In brief: Boodle Hatfield

Boodle Hatfield has elected Richard Moyse as its new senior partner, replacing Peter Scoble. The 29-partner firm has offices in Oxford and London and has a specialism in tax and financial planning. Moyse, a partner for 25 years at the firm, is head of the tax department.

24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence. He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise. The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect […]

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