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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.



South Africa: Down and clout

South Africa’s status as the biggest and most developed legal market in the continent means it is still the destination of choice for foreign tie-ups South Africa is by far the most developed legal market in sub-Saharan Africa. Although the local economy has slowed recently, the country’s leading position means there are already plenty of […]


Ince & Co cuts 10 in shipping and finance

Ince & Co has confirmed it is to cut 10 shipping and finance fee earners and six secretarial staff following its redundancy consultation launched in February. The business support staff were offered voluntary redundancy but the consultation with fee earners had no voluntary aspect and was expected to be quicker. All ten have now left […]


Freshfields super-dealmaker O’Brien retires – to do more deals

After 30 years in the City, you might think that a corporate partner would want to put his or her feet up. This is not the case  at Freshfields.  Over the last six months no fewer than four high-profile partners have landed plum roles outside the magic circle firm. First came former managing partner Ted […]


Addleshaw Goddard sets out MP election timetable

Addleshaw Goddard has opened nominations for its managing partner election with a vote expected to take place no less than two weeks from now. The firm is facing its first contested election in five years following the news that incumbent managing partner Paul Devitt is to stand down from the role a year early (17 […]

The Africa Elite – the independent firms you need to get to know

Just a few years ago, it seemed that all the internationalisation talk in the legal market was of Asia. Growth in the Far East remains a key target, but many firms are now desperately trying to ramp up their presence in another part of the world – Africa. Today’s issue of The Lawyer focuses, for […]

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