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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.


Matt Byrne

SJB merger may spark domino effect

What just happened? At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, the $1bn merger of SJ Berwin (SJB) and King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) looks capable of kicking off a ramped-up round of global consolidation. For any US or UK firm out there that has lost its way, maybe they should tap ‘Asia’ into the satnav. That […]


Bonelli moves banking partner to London to reinforce international offering

Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo is relocating banking and finance partner Giuseppe Sacchi Lodispoto from Milan to London in a bid to strengthen the firm’s international offering. Lodispoto joins London head Andrea Carta Mantiglia in the City, following the latter’s appointment to the role last year (13 March 2012). Bonelli has also hired the general […]

DLA Piper acts for Staalbankiers in dispute over Lehman notes

DLA Piper is advising Staalbankiers in a dispute over Lehman notes. On 25 June 2013, the Hague Court of Appeal dismissed claims from former accountholders for Lehman notes that had apparently lost all value. In the judgment, the court remains, on principle, with its decision made earlier this year that even a professional player such […]


Ashurst gets closer to Seoul with Korean partner hire

Ashurst has moved a step closer to launching in Korea after hiring partner John Kim from Korean firm Yulchon. Kim, who headed the firm’s outbound practice, will be based in Ashurst’s Hong Kong office. Prior to joining Yulchon, he practised at Kim & Chang in Korea for many years following his work experience in Cravath, […]

Spanish clubs investigated over possible match fixing

By Ceyhun Pehlivan and Jorge Monclús The Spanish Professional Football League (LFP) has opened an investigation into the recent match of the second division (so-called ‘Liga Adelante’) between the Racing Santander and Hercules for possible case of match-fixing. Alarm bells of the UEFA started to ring after detecting that allegedly unusual levels of online betting, […]

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