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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.



Technology: Secure in the knowledge

It is essential for law firms to maintain high standards of e-security in a fragmented, remote-working environment What are the main issues raised by lawyers working in an increasingly fragmented market?  Richard Kemp, founder, Kemp IT Law: It’s about balancing flexibility and security. It is increasingly mainstream for lawyers to expect: flexibility – to choose the devices […]


Freshfields’ storms the M&A charts for H1 2014

It’s been a gloomy period for the M&A market, what with global deals dwindling by 6 per cent in 2013 making the year the slowest for international deal making since 2009. But, it looks as if the market might finally be edging in the right direction. And one firm in particular has plenty of cause […]

A&O follows its own partner

Magic circle firms are flirting with different ways to approach jurisdictions. Allen & Overy has opportunistically opened in Canada after partner Francois Duquette said he wanted to go back home. Duquette had already spearheaded the firm’s foray into Africa and Abu Dhabi. That’s some track record. Why Allen & Overy (sort of) changed its mind […]


China: Metamorphosis

Economic growth is cooling but China’s legal market shows no sign of slowing, with some leading firms undergoing a profound transformation The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 2014 research once again confirms China’s pre-eminent position among the region’s legal markets. This year, 35 Chinese firms made it into the top 100 independent firms table, with five […]

Shoosmiths advises shareholders of Orion Clinical Services on Simbec merger

Shoosmiths has advised the shareholders of Orion Clinical Services on its merger with Simbec Research. The law firm’s corporate partner Adam Dowdney led a team of corporate specialists on the multi-million-pound deal comprising banking partner Linda Williams, corporate assistant Robert Pook and paralegals Rebecca Gray and James Arnold. Additional specialist legal advice was also given […]

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