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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.


DLA Piper hires Lytle and Cartwright to real-estate practice in Phoenix

DLA Piper has announced that Kevin Lytle and Craig Cartwright have joined the firm’s real-estate practice as partners in the Phoenix office. Lytle and Cartwright have a diverse real-estate transactional practice focused on representing public and private real-estate investment vehicles and other commercial entities. Over the past three years, they have handled more than $4bn (£2.3bn) […]


Culture vs risk: How to run a law firm in challenging times

It’s a critical balance in the push for innovation and durability. In the run-up to our Awards, Law Firm of the Year contenders tell us their secrets of success In association with The management of private practice law firms has never been so dependent on economics, data and pricing. Yet away from the day job […]

DLA Piper advises on 648-bed student accommodation facility in Melbourne

DLA Piper has acted as legal adviser to Campus Living Villages (CLV), the project sponsor in respect of the project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 648-bed student accommodation facility located at the University of Melbourne.  DLA Piper advised CLV on all aspects of the transaction, including the project deed with the University […]

No5’s Kingston and Corbet Burcher secure planning permission for Pinewood Studios

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has granted planning permission for Pinewood Studios Development Framework. Martin Kingston QC, leading James Corbet Burcher (both of No5 Chambers), acted for Pinewood Studios, instructed by Ian Ginbey and David Heales of Clyde & Co and Turley Associates. Pinewood Studios is ranked among the top three film […]

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