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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.



De Brauw confirms Shanghai launch

Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is joining German best friend Hengeler Mueller with an office in Shanghai, its second Chinese base. The news follows yesterday’s announcement by Hengeler that it was moving into Shanghai (4 December 2013). De Brauw launched in Beijing alongside its UK and Iberian best friends Slaughter and May and Uría […]


Hengeler joins fellow best friends with Chinese office

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller is launching an office in Shanghai, relocating four partners to the office when it opens towards the end of next year. The China office will be led by newly-promoted partner Tu Changfeng, who is currently based in Hengeler’s Düsseldorf office. He will be joined in Shanghai by […]


Number crunching: Clyde & Co corporate

Earlier this year Clyde & Co revealed a 33 per cent climb in corporate revenue, from £53m to £70.7m. The £17.7m hike not only secured Clydes its first spot in The Lawyer’s UK 200’s top 15 for corporate revenue, but also knocked Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) clear off the table. Clydes has seen incremental growth in […]

DLA Piper advises liability adjuster Garwyn on its acquisition by Davies Group

DLA Piper has advised the shareholders of Garwyn Group Ltd, a specialist liability adjuster, on its acquisition by insurance claims service provider Davies Group Ltd. Garwyn will join forces with Davies’ existing liability business to form a full-service liability and specialty offering in both the UK and Ireland to complement Davies’ property claims management businesses. […]

Managing conflicts of interest for general practitioners

Managing actual or potential conflicts of interest is essential for every professional. General practitioners (GPs) are in no different position to lawyers, accountants or many other professionals who ply their professional trade for the benefit of clients but, to a greater or lesser extent, are not paid by clients but by a third party (and […]

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