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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.


Dickinson Dees and Pinsents retain places on Durham University panel

The University of Durham has completed a panel review, reappointing legal advisers Dickinson Dees and Pinsent Masons. The university’s registrar Lee Sanders and director of procurement Alison Holmes invited the firms to make presentations in a retender for the university’s work. Dickinson Dees and Pinsents won four-year contracts lasting until 2010. Pinsents has advised the […]

Microsoft appoints new chief for EC antitrust battle

Microsoft has appointed a new in-house lawyer to lead its antitrust clash with the European Commission. Erich Andersen will replace Horacio Gutierrez as EMEA associate general counsel for law and corporate affairs. Gutierrez has moved back to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington to handle intellectual property matters. Andersen has been with Microsoft for 10 years […]

Macfarlanes takes the lead on Hogg Robinson IPO

Macfarlanes’ corporate team has secured instructions from Hogg Robinson on the travel company’s forthcoming float. The deal will see the UK’s biggest corporate travel company return to the London Stock Exchange after a six-year absence. The team overseeing the float is led by senior partner Robert Sutton and Robert Boyle. New York firm Sullivan & […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. Freshfields’ retention hit by pension news of the first partners to depart Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the […]

CC prepares to woo bride in deregulated China

Clifford Chance‘s Asian managing partner Jim Baird has vowed to team up with a Chinese law firm as soon as the Chinese government allows it. Although the government has not yet bowed to international pressure to deregulate, Baird is prepared to begin discussions with local firms as soon as the market is opened up. “Really […]

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