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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.


Kaye Scholer makes double partner hire from Simmons Frankfurt

Two Simmons & Simmons Germany partners are leaving the firm to join Kaye Scholer’s banking and finance practice in Frankfurt. Ingrid Kalisch and Sandra Pfister will join the firm as partners on 1 July. Kalisch previously led the German banking practice at Simmons. “We’re thrilled to have Ingrid and Sandra join the firm,” said Gottfried […]


German lawyers urged to claim for ‘overtime’

Associates across Germany have been sent a letter from a niche employment firm urging them to claim hundreds of thousands of euros from their employers for overworking them. The letter, understood to have been sent to all leading firms, calls on lawyers to take action against firms when they leave, using timesheets as evidence that […]

Phil Fletcher

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

The reputation of Morgan Lewis & Bockius in energy ­circles has historically lain in its regulatory practice. Traditionally the firm has ­focused its practice out of ­Washington DC and New York. As Houston partner David ­Asmus points out, that ­approach has changed ­significantly ­recently with a ­concerted push to target the deals side of the […]


Gide posts 5 per cent turnover drop for 2010

Gide Loyrette Nouel has confirmed a revenue drop of 5 per cent for the 2010 financial year, from €220m in 2009 to €210m (£190m). The results follow a tough year for the French firm, which undertook a strategic review in October that saw the closure of five offices in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. […]

Norton Rose, Blackstone – the best in the business

Norton Rose scooped the top prize at last week’s The Lawyer Awards 2011 when it was crowned Law Firm of the Year. The award was in ­recognition of Norton Rose’s strategic merger campaign, which has seen it ­successfully differentiate itself by adding major outposts in Australia, South Africa and Canada in the past two years. Other standout winners […]

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