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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.


Public sector

As The Lawyer revealed last week (22 September), the UK’s largest unitary authority Birmingham City Council is reviewing its legal panel of 21 firms. Director of governance Mirza Ahmad will next month invite existing panel firms to apply for contracts that are set to begin in September 2009 and which taken together account for an […]

Challinors goes East with Nottingham arm

West Midlands firm Challinors is making its first move into the East Midlands with the launch of a new office in Nottingham. Chief executive Andy Hodges, who headed Nottingham firm Fraser Brown before moving to Challinors last October, is leading the expansion. Mansfield-based Shacklocks partner Jeremy Hale has been appointed to the ­Nottingham office. Hale […]

Andrew Cowan: Devonshires

If a movie was being made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Anyone capable of ­behaving like a drama queen. What was your first-ever job?Waiter. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?A humiliating fight with a photocopier. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really […]

CC to vote on global corporate head

Clifford Chance private equity partner Matthew Layton is running unopposed for the role of global corporate head at the firm, with nominations set to close this week. Layton became a Clifford Chance partner in 1991 and was London corporate head from 1999 to 2003. He has been tipped as the frontrunner for the job since […]

Davis Polk, Skadden, Sullivan in Citi’s Wachovia buy

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have scored lead roles on Citigroup’s acquisition of Wachovia’s banking operations. Partners John Ettinger and Phillip Mills are leading a Davis Polk team advising Citi, while Sullivan & Cromwell chairman Rodgin Cohen is leading a team advising Wachovia on its $10m […]

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