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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.


Eversheds bolsters planning practice with DWS partner

Eversheds has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) planning partner Stephen Webb as the national giant aims to ramp up its planning offering. Eversheds has taken on Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) planning partner Stephen Webb as the national giant aims to ramp up its planning offering. The move leaves DWS with three planning partners – David Cox […]


Hunton scoops the mandate for Gazprom’s push into UK energy

Hunton & Williams has vindicated its approach to domestic energy work with its role advising Gazprom on the Russian gas giant’s move into the UK market. Hunton advised Gazprom’s UK subsidiary, Gazprom Marketing and Trading (GMT), on its tie-up with Pennine Natural Gas, a small independent gas supplier with around 600 commercial customers, for an […]

French firms make presence felt in China

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has continued its push into Asia by launching an office in Hong Kong. The firm is now fully operational in Hong Kong after successfully securing an operating licence earlier this year. It already has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hanoi, with about 10 per cent of the firm’s 640 lawyers […]

Hammonds enjoys massive PEP hike

Hammonds has seen profit per equity partner (PEP) rise by 61 per cent to £328,000 after a year of tough management. Turnover rose by 4 per cent to £132.7m. Hammonds is now running with a profit margin of 23 per cent, up 7 per cent on last year’s 16 per cent. Hammonds has also reduced […]

Willkie Farr takes Freshfields antitrust head

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has raided Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to take Paris antitrust and competition head Jacques-Philippe Gunther. Gunther joins the US firm as a partner in its Paris and Brussels offices. He previously led the antitrust and competition practice at Freshfields in Paris, which he started in the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus in […]

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