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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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Memery Crystal has won its first piece of M&A work from airline services company Gate Gourmet as the firm seeks to ramp up its corporate practice. Memery Crystal advised Gate Gourmet on its purchase of the privately owned Fernley group of companies, which handles aeroplane-cleaning and security at airports in the UK and Europe. Corporate […]

DLA Piper reshuffles as Asia chief quits

DLA Piper is transferring its corporate chief to Hong Kong following a row over strategy and the resignations of two senior partners in the region. DLA Piper reshuffles as Asia chief quits” />DLA Piper is transferring its corporate chief to Hong Kong following a disagreements row over strategy and the resignations of its two most […]

St Philips gains QC trio to boost City ties

Birmingham-based set St Philips has swooped on five chambers to take on five new barristers, including three silks, and a professor of law. Anesta Weekes QC and Daniel Janner QC, both of 23 Essex Street, and Tim Mousley QC of 2 King’s Bench Walk have joined St Philips as door tenants. St Philips chief executive […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf closes first deal post merger

The first deal to be completed by newly merged firm Dewey & LeBoeuf has been closed by a London-based legacy Dewey Ballantine partner. Equity capital markets partner George Barboutis closed the deal two hours after the merger between Dewey and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae went live on 1 October. As such, the deal included […]

A tough cross to bear

Do in-house lawyers have a better work-life balance? Legendary Simmons & Simmons Portugal partner Pedro Rebelo de Sousa would say yes. One of Tulkinghorn’s scribes discovered the secret behind Pedro’s perma-smile and it comes from his 10 years as Citi general counsel in Brazil during the 1990s. Pedro revealed that during that time he had […]

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