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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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Hogan teams up with Mary Ward Legal Centre to offer debt advice

Washington DC-based firm Hogan & Hartson has teamed up with the Mary Ward Legal Centre in London to offer free specialist debt advice. As part of the firm’s agreement with the centre, which offers free legal advice, four partners and 21 assistants from Hogan’s London office volunteer on a rotational basis to offer general debt […]

De Beers reshuffle gifts DLA Piper extra work

De Beers has bucked the trend of companies bringing employment law in-house by outsourcing its work to DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary after the diamond company reshuffled its in-house capability. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has also benefited from De Beers’ move to widen its network of external advisers, with the firm now being used for […]

Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices

Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices” />Norton Rose has made a dual raid on Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) European banking practice with the hire of new partners in Paris and Milan. Asset finance specialist Luc Rentmeesters joins Norton Rose’s French office in mid-September after eight years as a partner at […]

Sloan strengthens Latham’s Carlyle ties with Avio sale

Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May. Sloan, who joined Latham from Maclay Murray & Spens, was part of the Latham team advising on the E2.57bn (£1.73bn) sale of aerospace engine-maker Avio to Cinven. The sale is Europe’s largest-ever aerospace deal and Italy’s […]

The same old story

Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990’s economic boom, you’ll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren’t enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away. […]

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