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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.


Freshfields moves CC to Canary Wharf

Freshfields has scooped the work on Clifford Chance‘s City desertion – the first time it has worked on a major deal for its rival. The global firm, which spends nearly £40m each year on property costs, is abandoning its Aldersgate office in favour of one million square feet at Canary Wharf. It is understood the […]

A View from Germany

Of course, everybody over here is talking about Freshfields and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber. How did Peck and Salz pull it out of the bag after only a 63% vote for in April? Just what concessions did Bruckhaus big hitters Voss, Epe, Wilde and Horvath wring out of a City firm whose march through continental […]

Conflicts rules under fire by City Law Society

A wholesale shake-up of the rules governing conflicts of interest is about to take place, The Lawyer can reveal. The City of London Law Society working party will today publish a paper which calls for the conflicts rules in England and Wales to be brought in line with the more liberal rules on the Continent. […]

Linklaters-Oppenhoffs tie suffers legal hitches

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s plans to merge with Linklaters & Alliance are being held up by a legal technicality, though the contract is expected to be completed for voting as early as next month. At present a “yes” verdict is predicted when the final documents are released to partners at the German firm this summer, including […]

CCR&W boosts DC litigation

Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells is taking on a litigation counsel from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy to boost its Washington DC office. Fred Reinke is joining the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution practice and specialises in complex commercial and international litigation. Reinke says he has decided to move to the newly-merged firm because of […]

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