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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.


Matthew Jones

SNR Denton chief tells partners to hold their nerve after 35 per cent slump in UK PEP

Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at SNR Denton’s UK LLP fell by 35.6 per cent in the last financial year, dropping from £360,000 to £232,000. The international firm, which was formed via the merger between US-based Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and UK-based Denton Wilde Sapte in October 2010, has also revealed that turnover for […]

DLA Piper advises on creation of low-cost Japanese airline

DLA Piper has been appointed to advise joint venture partnership Peach Aviation on the creation of a low-cost airline to be based at Kansai International Airport in Japan. Partner and head of the firm’s London-based aviation group Mark Franklin is leading the team advising the joint venture group, which consists of All Nippon Airways (ANA), […]


CC rallies the troops for massive Asian onslaught

Strategy aims to double Asia and Australasia turnover by 2014 Clifford Chance’s ­management gave partners a rousing battle cry to ­pursue the firm’s conquest of the Asian market in its annual partnership ­meeting, which was held in London at the end of June. Under the slogan ’World of Opportunity’, the strategy addressed the firm’s ambitious plans for expansion in […]

Renault names legal chief in wake of Husson’s departure

French car maker Renault has appointed Anne-Sophie Le Lay as its new general counsel. Le Lay has worked for Renault’s legal department since 2001 and became head of the legal affairs department’s environment, energy and real estate law committee in 2007. Her appointment comes six months after the company was rocked Renault by the suspension […]

Former Skype GC joins Living Social

The former general counsel of Skype has taken up a new in-house role at consumer deals website ­Living Social. Rob Miller, who worked as general counsel and vice-president at Skype for almost five years until last November, has been appointed head of international legal, regulatory and compliance issues at Living Social, where he will be […]

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