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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.


Happy as Barrie

After downsizing at his last firm, private equity boss Keir Barrie is happier to be charged with expansion at Theodore Goddard. Kathryn Hobbs reports Keir Barrie, head of private equity at Theodore Goddard, is settling in to his new firm. He has been at Theodore Goddard since May and the novelty still hasn’t worn off. […]

Darrois beats Bredin Prat to number one position in French top 100 table

Smaller offices steal a march on larger rivals on fees per fee-earner basis; accountancy-tied firms come top for turnover Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has once again topped the rankings of the top 100 firms in France, with income of e857,100 (£540,358) per fee earner, according to Décideurs Juridiques & Financiers.Darrois came well ahead of second-place […]

Deals summary

Wragge & Co (John Burns) is advising ProLogis Developments on its development of a 220,000sq ft industrial space worth £10.4m at the former British Gas site at Purley Way, Croydon. Eversheds’ Cardiff office and CMS Cameron McKenna advised BG Transco. Lovells (John Condliffe) acted for Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund on its £7.1m sale of […]

Legal Widow

News that we have 17 years until an asteroid crashes into us has afflicted the household in different ways


Blaser Mills has acted on advice to restructure – and so far, so good

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