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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.


BLG’s corporate losses mount as AIM partner quits for Stikeman

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) corporate partner Jonathan Deverill is joining the London office of Canadian firm Stikeman Elliot. Deverill’s hire takes Stikeman up to six partners in London and 16 lawyers in total. Deverill’s practice focuses on AIM listings and M&A. Stikeman London managing partner Derek Linfield said: “Jon’s coming in as a partner […]

CMS makes 22 redundant and sends IT offshore

City firm CMS Cameron McKenna is to slash its IT staff count by two-thirds as part of its plan to outsource more of its work. The firm has entered into a £10m ‘co-sourcing’ agreement with Indian firm HCL Technologies, which will see HCL providing integrated services, including data support, IT infrastructure management and application development […]

Slaughters, Links refuse to give diversity figures as City firms make poor showing

Firms in the UK top 10 have railed against the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) research methodology despite an improved performance and a record number of firms taking part. Firms such as Linklaters and Slaughter and May continued to complain about the methodology of the research in spite of repeated requests from the Government to take […]

Shearman launches in Shanghai

New York-based Shearman & Sterling has opened an office in Shanghai, the firm’s third base in China. The Shanghai outfit will practise projects, finance, capital markets and M&A law for clients in Central and Southern China and follows the firm’s offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. The Shanghai team will be led by partner Andrew […]

Energy: Power nous

The 2007 energy white paper brings with it new hope for a future of reform, but now is the time for action, says Marcus Trinick The publication of the 2007 energy white paper in May followed closely that of the Planning White Paper 2007 earlier that month. Both were preceded by the Marine Bill White […]

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