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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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Stone King hooks up with Sewells

South West firm Stone King has merged with Cirencester’s Sewell Mullings & Logie to form ­private client-focused ­outfit Stone King Sewell. South West firm Stone King has merged with Cirencester’s ;Sewell Mullings & Logie to form ­private client-focused ­outfit Stone King Sewell. The combined firm, which has a turnover of £10m, sees the Bath, Cambridge and […]

Pinsents and Wragges in £3bn aircraft carrier deal

Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co have been handed mandates in a £3bn project to build the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. The Ministry of Defence called on Wragges project partners Michael Whitehouse and Jane Pittaway, supported by IP partner Michael Luckman. An alliance of defence contractors – including BAE systems, VT […]

Cohen Milstein advertises for BA-Virgin price fix claimants

Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is to launch an ad campaign to encourage people affected by the British Airways-Virgin price fixing scam to claim. US class action firm Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll is to launch an advertising campaign to encourage people affected by the British Airways and Virgin price fixing scam to make a […]

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Dechert Paris duo launches Bryan Cave

Bryan Cave has raided Dechert’s Paris office, ­snaring two partners to form the basis of its first office in France. Corporate and M&A ­specialist Kathie Claret and public and private funds expert Joseph Smallhoover are both members of US bars and have practised in France for more than 20 years. A period of significant hiring […]

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SIV restructurings alone do not a structured finance industry make

Despite a stay of execution, structured finance lawyers are still at risk, says Julia Berris in New York Layoffs have begun to plague law firms on both sides of the Atlantic, with transactional teams in particular starting to dwindle in size. Despite being the darling of the boom ­period, structured finance has been one of […]

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