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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, Linklaters on first CLO of PFI loans for Depfa Bank

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have worked on the £391.7m collateralised loan obligation (CLO) of PFI loans – the first ever synthetic risk transfer within that asset class, which will boost the growing secondary PFI market. The securitisation comprises 24 PFI loans made by Depfa Bank across a number of sectors, including schools, hospitals, roads, police […]

FOIL elects new president

Keoghs partner Andrew Underwood has taken up a new role as president of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). Underwood succeeded Davies Lavery’s Claire McKinney to the post at FOIL’s annual general meeting after a year as vice-president. Keoghs was a founder member of the forum, which represents the needs and issues of defendant insurance […]

Freshfields paves the way to oust underperformers

Magic circle firm proposes tougher centralised process for sacking weaker partners; vote imminent Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to make it easier to get rid of underperforming partners. If partners vote in favour early next year, the firm will no longer require a partnership vote to oust partners; instead, powers will be delegated to a slimmed-down […]

Wilmer Cutler breaks into China

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has become the latest foreign firm to launch an office on the Chinese mainland. As first revealed on last Tuesday (23 November), the firm has launched a Beijing office to capitalise on the booming Chinese economy. The launch represents a milestone for the newly merged Wilmer Cutler and […]

Ringing in the change

Voice over Internet Protocol has been a smash hit in the US. But European legislation means it is not getting the same take-up over here. By Robert Bratby Since the invention of the telephone, customers have wanted more for less. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony promises free calls and threatens the business models of […]

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