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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.



News Corp creates competition role for OFT international head

News Corporation has appointed Andrea Appella in the newly-created role of director of legal, competition and regulatory affairs for Europe and Asia. Appella was previously head of international at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), where he led a team that contributes to multilateral competition bodies, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development […]


Spilling a few beans

Cobbetts has not been known for its transparency of late. The North East firm has been more MI5 than 9 to 5 in keeping its decisions behind the closed doors of Cobbetts HQ. But this week the firm turned over a new leaf and shed some light on the pressures it’s been facing during the […]

Milbank builds up City practice with Ashurst hire

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired an Ashurst restructuring partner to bulk up its capabilities in the City. Ashurst_150.jpg” /> Nick Angel Nick Angel has joined the US firm’s London office after being a partner at Ashurst since 1997. Milbank’s head of financial restructuring Dennis Dunne said: “Nick joining complements the London team at […]


Eversheds pensions head becomes London senior partner

Eversheds pensions head Anthony Arter has been named as the firm’s next London senior partner. Eversheds_150.jpg” /> Anthony Arter Arter replaces Cornelius Medvei who steps down after three years as senior partner. Arter takes up his post on 1 September and will continue as head of pensions. Arter said: “London is the flagship for Eversheds’ […]

Litigation looking forward

While the sceptics are questioning the motives behind Lord Justice Jackson’s report on civil litigation costs, one straight-talking litigation chief is calling on London’s litigators to stand proud. This week, Lovells global litigation chief Patrick Sherrington tells The Lawyer that London is a key destination for commercial clients looking to do battle (see blog). Sherrington […]

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