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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.


City Gherkin

Jenner & Block picks up White & Case partner as first lateral in the UK

Jenner & Block has hired White & Case partner Charlie Lightfoot as its first lateral hire in London after launching an office earlier this year. Lightfoot’s hire is part of the firm’s strategy to grow its litigation and arbitration practices. He has joined the firm after 16 years at White & Case, where he started […]


European moves: 3 September 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Steptoe & Johnson has hired partner Simon Hirsbrunner in Brussels from German firm Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. Hirsbrunner, who is qualified in both Switzerland and Germany, will work closely with partner Jean Russotto in advising clients on EU regulatory requirements […]


Reed Smith adds three partners in Asia and mulls Singapore local law move

Reed Smith has hired one partner from Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in Hong Kong and further two local partners in Singapore, as it looks closely at gaining Singaporean local law capability. In Hong Kong, the firm, locally known as Reed Smith Richards Butler, has taken on capital markets partner Gregory Wang from MoFo. Wang focuses […]

Co-operative bank

Co-operative Bank launches 11-firm inaugural panel

The Co-operative Bank has launched its first legal panel since its split from parent company the Co-Op Group in 2013, appointing 11 firms to the roster. The panel will sit for three years and was selected to “meet the bank’s needs for full UK coverage, its commercial objectives, demonstrating industry leading best practice and a […]

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