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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.


Lee Miller

DLA Piper to roll out US all-equity model in UK

DLA Piper is set to unveil plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the international LLP side of its business. The move would bring the UK-headquartered side of DLA Piper’s business into line with its US operation, which already operates an all-equity model. The firm is expected to unveil proposals this week that […]


India Watch: the forbidden land of ‘approximately’ 1.2 million lawyers

By far the personal question that I get asked the most by lawyers in India and abroad is: “Why India?” You might want to ask A&O, CC, Links or Freshfields or the rest of the pack the same question. But since first blog posts traditionally commence with an introduction of the blogger, I will answer […]

Beaufort House

BLG and Clydes head to Libya to iron out property headaches

Merger partners Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Clyde & Co will send a representative to Libya next week in a bid to extricate BLG from its lease on a London office building owned by the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico). BLG plans to move out of its own City office in Beaufort House […]

Mishcons gags Goo Goo for Gaga

Lady Gaga has a new single: Just Injunct. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. But a cartoon representation of the singer has been considered accurate enough to secure an interim injunction banning it from launching its own parody song, ’Peppy-razzi’ (see story). Gaga’s poker-faced legal team at Mishcon de Reya, apparently all of whom were in […]

Robert Byk

Herbies, Norton Rose and Slaughters lead on G4S’s £5.2bn ISS acquisition

Herbert Smith, Norton Rose, Slaughter & May and Danish firm Bruun & Hjejle have won roles advising on G4S’ £5.2bn acquisition of cleaning and security group ISS from private equity houses EQT and GS Capital Partners. Slaughters advised ISS on the deal, fielding a team led by corporate partner Jeff Twentyman. Slaughters banking partners Robert […]

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