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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.



Influential IP boss quits FFW board

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) IP/IT head Mark Abell has resigned from the firm’s management board in a move seen as representing a loosening of the practice’s grip on the firm. Abell, one of the highest-profile partners at the firm, will retain his role as head of IP/IT, which contributes around a third of turnover – […]

Ashurst City duo head Down Under to firm up Blakes link

Ashurst is set to deploy rail head Lee McDonald and a City finance partner to Australia as part of its ­merger with local firm Blake Dawson, after deciding against sending infrastructure star Logan Mair Down Under. McDonald, a partner since 2006, is poised to move to Australia in early 2012. He will retain his role […]

Lessons learnt from the first anti-bribery act case

Within months of the Bribery Act 2010 coming into force, the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”) has secured the first ever conviction under the Act.  On 18 November, Munir Patel, a magistrates’ court clerk who pleaded guilty in October to soliciting and receiving a bribe of £500 for removing motoring offences from official records, was handed […]

Italian employment firms Toffoletto and De Luca Tamajo merge

There has been a further shake-up in the Italian employment law sector with the announcement that boutiques Toffoletto e Soci and De Luca Tamajo-Boursier Niutta e Soci are to merge. The new firm, which will launch on 1 January, will be called Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci. As well as offices in Milan, Naples […]


Mergers on the Orient express

Clifford Chance must be kicking itself. Exactly three years ago we revealed that the magic circle firm had, for the second time, pulled the plug on merger talks with Australia’s Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Having walked away from a deal in 1999 because it didn’t want all of Mallesons’ partners, Clifford Chance baulked at the prospect […]

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