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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.


Lovells embarks on unique alliance with nine Chinese firms

Lovells has strengthened its presence in the Chinese market via a tie up with nine local firms. The Sino-Global Legal Alliance (SGLA) is an alliance between Lovells, which already has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and nine firms across China’s key economic regions. According to Crispin Rapinet, Lovells Asia regional managing partner, the […]


Work Life Quiz: Kamal Rahman, Mishcon de Reya

What was your first-ever job?Doing admin work in a high street legal practice. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having to do a whole six-month seat with the most obnoxious property partner – who shall remain nameless. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

Is the one-size-fits-all approach to disputes the right one?

Evershed’s ‘Rapid Resolution’divides litigators, but Pinsents got there first. By Nina Goswami Managing cases across jurisdictions is the Holy Grail for litigation teams. A case in point is Eversheds. As revealed by The Lawyer last week (3 September), the firm is rolling out a new-look dispute management system that it piloted with DuPont, Transport for […]

Davis Polk strengthens Paris with hire of Jeantet chief

Davis Polk & Wardwell has bolstered its corporate practice in Paris with the hire of Jeantet Associes managing partner Georges Terrier and corporate partner Christophe Perchet. Terrier was managing partner at French independent Jeantet for seven years prior to joining Davis Polk, while Perchet spent six years as partner there after joining from Freshfields Bruckhaus […]


Most M&A pundits could not believe their luck in 2005-06. But surely the frothy market could not hold? It did – and although there are more doomsayers than ever predicting the end of the corporate boom, 2006-07 was the strongest year on record for most corporate firms. Taken in aggregate, the top 20 corporate practices […]

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