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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.


LeBoeuf raids Linklaters, DWS in City hiring spree

Linklaters, DWS in City hiring spree” />LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has continued its lateral hiring spree, adding two more London partners, making four this year and taking its London partnership number to 25. Project finance partner Scott Brodsky joins the firm from Linklaters. His departure coincides with Linklaters’ announcement (The Lawyer, 22 May) that […]

Milberg outraged at kickback allegations

New York class action powerhouse Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman last week found itself indicted by the US attorney in Los Angeles for allegedly paying referral fees to win clients. But the firm hit back by launching the www.milberg website, to defend itself against the charges, which it described as “absurd”. Name partners David […]

A&O scoops Arcelor steel saga role

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped a mandate advising Russia’s Severstal on its proposed merger with Arcelor to create the world’s biggest steelmaker. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has reprised its role as Arcelor’s main adviser after helping it defend a hostile bid from rival Mittal Steel. The transaction values Arcelor at EUR44 per […]

Addleshaws, camerons bag hotel group sale

Addleshaw Goddard and CMS Cameron McKenna acted in the £110m sale of WA Shearings’ hotel portfolio to Moorfield Group. WA Shearings is a holiday company specialising in trips for the over-50s, with offices across the North West. Moorfield is a London-based property developer that was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1996, but was […]

Spanish firms join with Romanian boutique

Two small Spanish law firms have made the first Iberian foray into the Romanian legal market via a three-way merger with a small Romanian firm. Madrid-based Muniz Bernuy Abogados and Balms Abogados have merged, along with Bucharest-based Mares Mihai Law Offices. The new firm will be known as Muniz Bernuy Balms & Mares. Romanian partner Mihai […]

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