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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.


Bradford’s Gordons takes over Leeds firm Nelsons

Gordons, the tiny Bradford firm that recently fought for Wm Morrison Supermarkets on its £2.9bn takeover of Safeway, has completed its own major acquisition by taking on Leeds practice Nelson & Co. As first revealed on (27 April), the combined firm, which will be known as Gordons, will have a total turnover of £15m […]

Sidley Austin clients round on tax shelter ruling

More than 40 former Sidley Austin Brown & Wood clients are to appeal a ruling by a US federal judge last week, ordering the US firm to turn over clients’ names to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to a tax shelter investigation. In November 2003 a Senate subcommittee report revealed that legacy firm […]

Orrick targets Washington with Swidler Berlin talks

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is aiming to bump up its Washington practice by courting a potential combination with DC’s Swidler Berlin Shereff & Friedman. According to the Legal Times, the talks between the two firms are still at management level though are thought to have developed past a preliminary stage. The move would be a […]

Talking shop

Denise Jagger is taking what she learnt as Asda’s general counsel to Eversheds – and some big changes are afoot. Emma Vere-Jones reports

Cap in hand

Freshfields and Fox Williams are fighting to limit directors’ liability. Jon Robins dissects the biggest issue in corporate governance today

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