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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.

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Lovells boosts Spain with Eversheds energy hire

Lovells has bolstered its Spanish presence with the hire of Lupicinio Eversheds energy partner Hermenegildo Altozano. Altozano, Lovells’ 20th lateral hire this year, is to lead the firm’s energy, power, utilities and infrastructure practice in Madrid. He headed the energy practice at Lupicinio Eversheds, where he spent 18 years. Altozano’s main specialism is energy and […]

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Jeff Schwartz has joined the Washington DC office of Dewey Ballantine as a partner in the IP litigation group. Schwartz was previously a partner at Nixon Peabody. • Jeff Schwartz has joined the Washington DC office of Dewey Ballantine as a partner in the IP litigation group. Schwartz was previously a partner at Nixon Peabody. […]

Litigation

It could simply be taken as a sign of the continued downturn in litigation: the total revenue generated by the UK’s top 20 disputes groups was down last year. Not by a mere £10m or £20m, but by £132m. Big-hitter Lovells was one of eight firms to drop places in the top 20 league, moving […]

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 […]

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 […]

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