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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.



Move On Up: Dundas & Wilson

London has been the focus for Dundas & Wilson in its recruitment and promotions over the past few years. Scottish firm Dundas & Wilson has hired and promoted a considerable number of associates and partners in the past six years – but overall the firm’s numbers have changed little in this time. At the end […]

No bar on growth as chambers trumpet successful year

If adversity precedes growth, as the saying goes, then the bar has embraced the challenges of the recession as well as any in the legal sector. This week The Lawyer has counted the beans at some of the top chambers and found many are reporting healthy turnover increases. Increased competition work, direct access and diversification […]


Pinsent Masons continues European expansion with Paris launch

Pinsent Masons has planted its second flag in continental Europe by opening an office in Paris. The new office will be comprised of a nine-partner team from the main Paris office of Marccus Partners, the legal arm of Mazars, with corporate partner Christoph Maurer heading the base. It will offer corporate, M&A, commercial, restructuring, finance, […]


War and peace

Angola and Mozambique, both once riven by civil war, are now rich in natural resources and growing fast, but they still face big challenges. Lawyers are key to their reconstruction The story of Angola and Mozambique is one of colonisation, civil war and recovery – and in the last part of that story lawyers are […]


Ex-Dewey partner claims Citibank conspired to lure laterals

A former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner is attempting to block Citibank securing a summary judgment against him by arguing that the bank colluded with the now-defunct firm to entice lateral hires in the run-up to the firm’s collapse this year. Houston energy partner Steven Otillar is objecting to Citibank’s action against him, stating that the […]

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