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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.


The Edge of reason

Ashurst corporate partner Andrew Edge was chatting to one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes the other day and telling her about his various experiences with the press. One run-in in particular with a well-known national paper left him a little red-faced, he admitted. Edge was approached by a journalist and asked for his views on the contraceptive […]

BLP bounces back from exits with Jones Day partner coup

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has asserted itself following recent high-profile partner departures by poaching Trevor Wood from Jones Day as a partner in its banking and capital markets team. Wood was counsel at Jones Day and previously worked at Clifford Chance. During his stint at the magic circle firm he spent three and a half […]

Olswang handles unique film finance template for Slingshot

Olswang has advised on a film financing programme that has seen a new UK digital film company release its first movie. The firm secured a groundbreaking new profit-share structure for 18-month-old film business Slingshot Productions, leading to the acclaimed newly released film Sugarhouse. Traditionally film financing structures have seen financiers recoup their investments and take […]

Beachcroft to reduce carbon footprint

Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent. •Beachcroft has joined the carbon footprint bandwagon, pledging to reduce its carbon emissions by 5 per cent. The firm already has one of the lowest footprints in the legal industry, producing 4,526 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent […]

Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

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