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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.



Freshfields, Linklaters and Morgan Lewis advise as Rosneft teams with Statoil

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Morgan Lewis & Bockius have all been retained as advisers as Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft signed four new joint ventures to explore oil and gas fields in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans with Norwegian rival Statoil. The deal will see the two companies jointly explore Rosneft’s estimated 100bn tonnes […]


War and peace

Angola and Mozambique, both once riven by civil war, are now rich in natural resources and growing fast, but they still face big challenges. Lawyers are key to their reconstruction The story of Angola and Mozambique is one of colonisation, civil war and recovery – and in the last part of that story lawyers are […]

Morgan Lewis hires former Latham tax head in Paris

Morgan Lewis & Brockius has hired Christian Nouel, a tax partner at Paris-based STC Partners and former tax head at Latham & Watkins’ Paris office. Nouel, who joined Morgan Lewis last week, will significantly boost the firm’s tax offering in Paris, adding to existing team which comprises of counsel Olivier Couraud and associate Antoine Le […]


An alternative route

With internationalisation firmly entrenched in the legal market, firms that want to guard their independence are turning to networks In brief Law firm networks are having to fight for members with international firms looking to increase their global footprint. As the pace of internationalisation picks up, what makes a network relevant to the remaining independent […]

William Blair named president on Board of Appeal of ESA’s

William Blair has been named president of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), the body responsible for ruling on challenges against the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance Occupational and Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Blair, the brother of former UK prime minister Tony […]

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