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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.


Supreme Court

Date set for Clydes Supreme Court whistleblowing case

A one and a half day Supreme Court hearing is scheduled to begin on 24 March to decide whether LLP members should be protected by whistleblowing legislation. It is the latest phase of the legal battle between Clyde & Co and former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof, in which she alleges she was unfairly dismissed […]


Co-op panel: trolley mixture

Co-op in-housers work to forge legal roster system that suits bank and group Picking sides is generally something associated with the school playground, but not for The Co-operative Group general counsel Alistair Asher and his newly installed banking sidekick Brona McKeown. The pair were required to finalise the separation of the group and the bank’s […]

Japanese firms’ outward push continues

A recent uptick in Japanese outbound M&A transactions has fuelled appetite for foreign expansion for the country’s major firms. One of Japan’s ‘big four’ firms, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, is the latest to make its move into Myanmar with a planned office opening in the spring. It is the firm’s latest expansion in the South […]

Hong Kong

DLA Piper takes restructuring duo from O’Melveny in Asia

DLA Piper has added Hong Kong partner Mark Fairbairn and Singapore of counsel Ashley Bell to its restructuring group, both joining from O’Melveny & Myers. Fairbairn takes on the role of DLA Piper’s Asia restructuring head, based in Hong Kong. With over 20 years of experience in this field, he focuses on distressed and alternative […]

The luck of the law — Ikbal v Sterling Law

In the case of Ikbal v Sterling Law, the court was asked to decide whether a firm of solicitors acting for the purchaser of a property was liable to its client for a breach of trust and/or breaches of duty of care after it failed to recognise that a property purchase was a fraudulent transaction, […]

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