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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.

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Freshfields, Linklaters land LSE bond issue appointments

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Landwell becomes PwC Legal as prospect of MDPs approaches

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) associated law firm Landwell has rebranded in an effort to ally itself more closely with the Big Four accountant. From 1 July Landwell has rebranded as PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Senior partner Leon Flavell said the Landwell brand meant that the relationship between law firm and accountancy practice was not clear to the external market. […]

The Far East

The Far East has generated a swathe of newspaper headlines in recent months. While Japan maintains its status as Asia’s largest and most sophisticated financial market, Allen & Overy is putting its Tokyo office under review and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton was forced to close its underperforming Tokyo office in late April. Instead, the […]

Walkers storms into Jersey with Crills merger

The map of the offshore market will have to be redrawn again following the decision by Walkers to merge with Jersey-based Crills Advocates to create a 33-partner offshore powerhouse with offices in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East and Asia. The new entity is called Walkers and went live on 1 July. Peter […]

Age case win threatens partnership structure

Lawyers have warned that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) long-running age discrimination lawsuit against Sidley Austin could signal the end of current partnership structures. The Chicago-based firm has been battling the claims, which relate to the forced demotion and expulsion of 31 partners in 1999 because of their age, for six years. But […]

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