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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.


The EU looks at fracking: regulations taking shape

By Teresa Hitchcock Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, to extract shale gas from deep rock formations, has recently been much in the news in Europe. In October, the European Parliament, which was considering proposals for a revision of the EU Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), voted to make EIA mandatory for all projects for the […]


Unhelpful laws in Myanmar

 Companies legislation in Myanmar is set to become more investor-friendly – and it needs to The Myanmar Foreign Investment Law of 2012 sparked renewed interest among foreign investors and commentators. Nevertheless, investors seeking to establish a Myanmar company or joint venture must rely on Myanmar company law, and the regulators’ interpretation and application of that law.  […]

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Dentons hires nine-strong competition team in Turkey

Dentons has boosted its presence in Istanbul with the hire of six lawyers and three economists specialising in competition. Şahin Ardıyok joins Dentons’ local associate firm Balcioğlu Selçuk Akman Keki (Baseak) as a partner from consultancy firm ACTECON, bringing with him five lawyers and three economists.  Ardıyok represents the Turkish state at the International Chamber of Commerce’s […]

One Direction

And the winning law firm is…

X Factor finalists vote on which lawyers will represent them  Contestants on hit reality TV show The X Factor and its BBC rival The Voice are not used to playing judge. Music hopefuls have to battle to impress in the final rounds, but the tables turn when the time comes to pick their own lawyers […]


Dentons’ Morris resurfaces at MoFo as insolvency head

Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has joined Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as head of business restructuring and insolvency in London. Morris, who practices in corporate recovery and insolvency, resigned from his post as global integration partner at Dentons earlier this year (20 September 2013) after he spent two years focusing on integrating Denton Wilde Sapte […]

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