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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.



Lovells Seisler leaves firm six months after election defeat

Lovells former Continental Europe head Harald Seisler has left the firm six months after running an unsuccessful campaign to become firmwide managing partner. Seisler (pictured), who stood down from the European managing partner role after he was beaten to the top job by incumbent David Harris (25 November 2008), retired from the firm at the […]


Wanted: a lawyer for Arsenal

Arsenal FC has begun the hunt for its first general counsel, following the growing number of clubs seeking to bolster their in-house legal capability. Last month, Manchester City hired corporate associate Simon Cliff from Shearman & Sterling as the team’s head of legal (see In-house Interview). Arsenal, which has never previously employed in-house counsel, is […]

Tods Murray leads way on £170m Fife hospital deal

Scotland’s Tods Murray has helped its client Consort Healthcare (Fife) reach financial close on the £170m Fife General Hospital and Maternity Services PPP. Tods Murray picked up the deal through its long-standing relationship with consortium partner Balfour Beatty, which it has advised on five UK hospital ­projects in total. The other consortium member on this […]

Hill Dickinson adds commodities nous with Middleton Potts tie-up

Hill Dickinson is to merge with London boutique Middleton Potts in a move designed to boost the Liverpool-headquartered firm’s commodities expertise. The firms will enter a tie-up as of 1 July, bringing the combined London turnover to an estimated £22m. Last year Hill Dickinson’s total turnover stood at £73.1m. As a result of the merger […]

The Transatlantic Elite 2009: The shape of firms to come

Top law firm leaders reveal their thinking. By Matt Byrne How serious and far-reaching are the structural changes facing the world’s top law firms? That in essence was the question put by The Lawyer earlier this year to some of the world’s top lawyers. Taking a cue from one of the best-known specialists on law […]

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