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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.



Just when you thought it was safe, along comes yet another Clifford Chance US story. This time the news, as reported in this week’s issue of The Lawyer, is that Jim Benedict, head of the firm’s global litigation and dispute resolution department, is stepping down. On the face of it, Benedict’s move seems perfectly normal. […]

Firms predict EU accession boom

UK and US firms are battling for supremacy in Europe’s most promising markets after Saturday’s (1 May) expansion of the EU. A survey by The Lawyer has found that, across the key Eastern European markets of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, a handful of international firms are best placed to profit from the anticipated upswing in […]

SJ Berwin wins battle to keep partners destined for Olswang

In a kick in the teeth to Olswang, SJ Berwin has managed to win back private equity partners Jonathan Pittal and Perry Yam, who had resigned to go to Olswang.Their final decision comes following a partnership vote on Monday night, which saw the pair promoted into SJ Berwin’s equity. This is believed to be one […]


Which US partner shares the same cocaine dealer as a famous guitar-playing old rocker?

Latham suffers rare partner departure as Sidley Austin swoops

Latham & Watkins has been hit by a rare partner departure with the loss of a New York-based real estate finance lawyer to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Sidley Austin’s 30-plus strong executive committee last week approved the hire of Brian Krisberg who has been with Latham since 1996 following a stint at Milbank Tweed […]

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