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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.


A game of thrones

It’s not all glamour, leading a law firm. Our weekly leadership interview with senior figures in private practice delves into the minutiae of management decisions and is a window on to the personalities that run some of the biggest law firms in the market. Addleshaw Goddard’s John Joyce: “I’m happy with conflict” Clifford Chance’s Layton […]

No5’s Michael Duck QC prosecutes in Operation Active drugs conspiracy

No5 Chambers’ Michael Duck QC has prosecuted in a case where two ringleaders of a large-scale drugs operation each gained about £1m from the enterprise. In court, confiscation orders were imposed on the two men following extensive proceeds-of-crime investigations. Duck applied for the second-hand car business to be put in the hands of a receiver to be able […]

DLA Piper’s Prague merger bucks downsizing trend

At a time when several international firms are reconsidering their European presence – witness the closure of Chadbourne & Parke’s Kiev office, Sidley Austin’s Frankfurt office, and both Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright’s Prague offices – DLA Piper has decided to expand in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). The firm has bolted on local […]

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WFW launches in Dubai with three-lawyer team

Watson Farley & Williams has today (18 September) launched its first office in the Middle East, based in Dubai. The office will be headed up by partner Andrew Baird, who relocated to Dubai in April to help navigate the jurisdiction’s regulatory requirements.  Baird will be supported by two associates – one relatively junior who specialises […]


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