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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.



Focus: Unitary authorities: No county for old men

The launch of nine new unitary authorities has put the cosy world of the council lawyer on a collision course with the new, super-sized legal teams When the nine new unitary authorities were launched last month, hundreds of lawyers were thrust together in the biggest shake-up of local government for 30 years. For solicitors in Cheshire, ­Bedfordshire (which, […]


Eversheds staff face axe if outsourcing pilot successful

Further support staff roles could be cut at Eversheds if a documentation outsourcing scheme is implemented at the firm. In mid-May, Eversheds launched a pilot in Cambridge with the ultimate aim of outsourcing its standard documentation processing. The firm will review the scheme in mid-July. If management gives the scheme the go-ahead the firm could […]

Dorsey parts company with partner facing FSA charges

The Dorsey & Whitney partner at the heart of an FSA insider trading case has been sacked by the firm. London corporate partner Andrew Rimmington is facing criminal charges along with former McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael McFall over their involvement in Novartis’ takeover of Manchester-based biotech company Neutec in 2006 (20 May). Rimmington’s […]


FSA hits two US firm partners with insider dealing charges

A partner at the London office of Dorsey & Whitney and a former partner of McDermott Will & Emery have been charged with insider trading by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), it emerged today. According to a report on the Bloomberg financial news service, Dorsey corporate partner Andrew Rimmington and former McDermott partner Michael McFall […]

Linklaters tipped to win mandate for AIG’s float of AIA in Asia

Linklaters is emerging as a frontrunner to win the mandate advising on the IPO of AIG’s Asian life assurance arm. The magic circle firm will take part in a beauty parade to advise on the deal, which AIG hopes will raise between $5bn (£3.27bn) and $10bn through the IPO of American International Assurance (AIA) in […]

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