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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.


Microsoft efforts fail to prevent further EU fines

An exasperated Microsoft is edging closer to fines of e2m (£1.4m) a day for breaking EU competition rules, despite following the European Commission’s plan for compliance. The Commission’s antitrust directorate has reportedly drafted a ruling finding the software giant guilty of failing to implement changes from the the EU’s 2004 decision, when it was found […]

Hogan swoops on Shearman London for M&A star

Shearman & Sterling’s London office has been hit by the departure of highly rated M&A partner Jonathan Coppin for the UK arm of Hogan & Hartson. Coppin, who joined Shearman four years ago from Norton Rose following a protracted search for a senior M&A partner, will head up Hogan & Hartson’s developing London M&A and […]

Cravath and Cadwalader snare key roles on $16.6bn Johnson & Johnson deal

New York firms Cravath Swaine & Moore and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft have both grabbed the top roles on Johnson & Johnson’s $16.6bn acquisition of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. Cravath partner George Schoen said old connections helped the firm win its role: “Johnson & Johnson is a long term client of Cravath. It’s a carve-out business […]

Boodle Hatfield boosts private client team

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its private client and tax team with the appointment of litigator Sofie Hoffman. Hoffman joins the firm’s contentious trusts and probate team from the legal services department of Lloyd’s of London. Hoffman joined Lloyd’s in 2001 from Allen & Overy‘s specialist trust, asset-tracing and fraud claims group, a part of the […]

Councils appeal for barristers

The bar is becoming increasingly commercial and clients are starting to take advantage of that, particularly in the public sector. Some months ago, Hackney Borough Council announced that it was forming a panel of barristers, and now three Midlands councils are following suit. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils began tendering for chambers to join their […]

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