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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.


Top league Townleys

Townleys’ offices in Islington feel more like a locker room than a law firm. Solicitors from the UK’s top league sports law practice are visibly more relaxed and laid back than their City counterparts. But then, the very nature of their work means that Townleys solicitors do more of their networking over a few pints […]

An Englishman in New York

I speculated long and hard about what awaited me on the other side of the pond when my firm Freshfields sent me on secondment to New York firm Davis Polk & Wardwell last April. I had visited New York twice in the past, watched countless films set in the city and felt sure I would […]

Carrington promoted to B&M committee

Baker & McKenzie’s London managing partner Nigel Carrington has been promoted to the global firm’s eight-strong executive committee. The firm’s executive committee has the role of managing the firm by setting policy and dealing with initiatives in the different regions. It has two partners from Europe, two from the Asia Pacific region, one from Latin […]

Top three Spanish firm turns its back on accountants

Top three Spanish firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has firmly rebuffed merger app-roaches by the Big Five accountancy firms. The Madrid-based firm has been courted by several accountants, including, it is believed, KPMG, which wants to challenge the dominance of Arthur Andersen’s 590-lawyer firm Garrigues & Andersen. But its senior partner, Ignacio Gomez-Acebo, told The Lawyer […]

Rugby deal tries sponsor's patience. Roger Pearson reports.

Scottish Life Assurance and the Welsh Rugby Union are in a ruck over a sponsorship deal gone sour. A major row over rugby sponsorship is heading for the High Court. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is being sued for damages of more than £250,000 after allegedly pulling out of a sponsorship deal with Scottish Life […]

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