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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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Addleshaw Booth & Co national head of banking Mark Chidley is replacing Derek Arnott as director of group legal services at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), The Lawyer can reveal The news means that Addleshaws, which acts for RBS, can breathe more easily after news of Arnott’s departure sparked concern among RBS’s main advisers, […]

World Wildlife Fund beats wrestlers into submission

The World Wrestling Federation has been smacked down by the World Wildlife Fund in their second-round rematch over the WWF title The nature-lovers, who had the initials first, have been fighting the big guys in rubber shorts over their use of the WWF title for more than a decade. In recent years, the wrestlers have […]

UK team in last-ditch death sentence plea

UK lawyers are preparing a last-ditch attempt to save UK national Tracy Housel from execution after a US judge signed his death warrant last week, despite a call for clemency from UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Housel’s execution by lethal injection is scheduled for 12 March, but Lovells pro bono officer Yasmin Waljee and 14 […]

Miller & Chevalier launches in Brussels

Miller & Chevalier, the US best friend of Price-waterhouseCoopers (PwC), has opened a Brussels office The 50-partner tax boutique has taken on tax specialist Jan van Haaren from Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff to be managing director of the new office.The Brussels office will reflect Miller & Chevalier’s core Washington practice, concentrating on tax and […]

O'Melveny boosts core areas in NY and Frisco

O’Melveny & Myers has appointed Jose Fernandez as head of its New York office Fernandez, an M&A, corporate finance and privatisation specialist, already heads the Latin American practice. He will boost the office’s transactional capability after last year’s departure of co-chair of the firm’s M&A and private equity practices Jeff Rosen for Debevoise & Plimpton.Fernandez […]

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