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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.


Financial highlights

Want to know the latest legal developments in banking and finance from all over the globe? Head over to our briefings section of the website and get yourself up to speed courtesy of DLA Piper, Arendt & Medernach, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Ogier and Schoenherr DLA Piper: European Acquisition Finance Debt Report 2014 Arendt & Medernach: […]


Red giant

If merger goes ahead, this Chinese superfirm will be a global game-changer In China the proposed merger of Jun He and Zhong Lun is a deal the like of which has never been seen before. Previous mergers between Chinese firms have been mostly among mid-tier firms, such as that between Shanghai’s Boss & Young and […]

New York

Patton Boggs vows to defend ‘below the belt’ claims from US giant Chevron

Washington lobbying firm Patton Boggs is facing a legal battle against oil giant Chevron following a US court ruling that the New York court had jurisdiction to hear fraud claims being pursued against the firm. On Monday US District Judge lewis Kaplan has said he had “difficulties” with Patton Boggs’ argument that the New York court […]

John Pickering

Irwin Mitchell taps trio of banks for £90m funding facility

Irwin Mitchell has secured a £60m rolling banking facility along with an additional £30m buffer in a joint deal with HSBC, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). The finance package replaces the firm’s existing overdraft and is committed for a four-year period initially. According to the firm’s latest LLP filing, its overdraft facility increased […]

Eversheds’ female regulatory lawyers receive top award at Women in Compliance Awards

Eversheds’ competition, EU and regulatory group was named Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year at C5’s Women in Compliance Awards 2014. The awards celebrate the achievements of women, recognising and rewarding the outstanding contribution that women make every day in the world of compliance. Eversheds’ nomination highlighted the team’s online training courses: Competition Law Online Toolkit, […]

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