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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.


Osborne Clarke bags Taylor Wessing duo

Osborne Clarke has ­continued its push in financial services with a double partner hire from Taylor Wessing. Dominic Ross was head of acquisition finance at ­Taylor Wessing and joins Osborne Clarke along with Akmal Ghauri, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s finance group. Both will join the firm as equity partners in the banking team in […]

Ken Lamb

Freshfields, Gibson Dunn, RPC work on Zoopla-A&N merger

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) all landed roles on a merger agreement that is aimed at challenging the dominance of online search engine Rightmove in the online property sector. The agreed merger is between online property business Zoopla and the Daily Mail & General Trust’s (DMGT) consumer media […]


Clout of Africa

African lawyers are feeling the benefit of a boom in the telecoms and minining industries. Dale McEwan reports New mining legislation, a boom in mining activity in West Africa and a change in the role of telecoms lawyers all mean that these sectors are generating a boost for firms across the African continent. “What’s been […]

Des Hudson

Solicitors from Hell owner’s defamation bid was ‘abuse of court process’

Mr Justice Tugendhat has dismissed a £1m defamation claim launched against Law Society chief executive Des Hudson by Solicitors from Hell owner Rick Kordowksi, branding the bid “an abuse of the court process”. Tugendhat J struck out the application without hearing oral submissions from Hudson’s counsel, Matrix Chambers’ Hugh Tomlinson QC, at the High Court […]

Freshfields names Kleiman as new Paris chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a new Paris managing partner, replacing Antoine Colonna d’Istria who steps down after four years in the role. Commercial arbitration and litigation specialist Elie Kleiman – who […]

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