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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.



Cripps Harries Hall has hired three property assistants: Victoria Back joins from Linklaters, Simon Schipper joins from Clarke Willmott and Oliver Morris joins from Stanley Tee. Robert Sully also joins as a commercial dispute resolution assistant from Jones Day. Sheridans has a new head of employment. Ray Wann joins from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, […]

Lovells Berlin goes to the wall

Lovells is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a radical review by the firm’s management. The closure of the office, which is subject to approval by the partnership, will be completed by the end of the current financial year (30 April 2007). The Berlin office is home to five partners and 15 […]

Cooley becomes hot property

Bryan Cave’s and Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s much-hyped proposed merger may have collapsed last month, but any concern over the validity of tie-ups has not prevented Cooley Godward from emerging as the hottest property in the market. The Silicon Valley-based firm was thought to have ended its long-running search for a merger partner after announcing […]

Land Securities kicks off search for legal chief

Land Securities has moved to recruit a group general counsel, becoming the first major property development company to have a dedicated commercial in-house legal function. The FTSE100 company is one of the few property investment and development companies with any developed in-house legal function. Head of legal services Clive Ashcroft is primarily responsible for property-related […]

Ex-CC lawyer guns for WWII victim redress

A former Clifford Chance associate is launching a massive compensation case against French railway operator SNCF and the French state. Avi Bitton, who left Clifford Chance after an acrimonious fight over his dismissal, has now set up his own firm. Together with colleague Matthieu Delmas, Bitton is filing claims on behalf of more than 200 […]

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