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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.



Greenberg continues to add to London with double partner hire

Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has continued its hiring drive after adding one partner apiece from Mayer Brown and Watson Farley & Williams. The US firm has hired former Mayer Brown IP head and London general counsel Stephen Gare to lead its IP practice group. The firm has also hired competition partner Stephen Tupper from Watson […]


Earning power

It’s all too easy for a law firm to give a PEP figure that doesn’t show the entire picture. That’s why EPP is a better indicator of performance One of the themes running through this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report is transparency. As you flick through the features on the firms that ­preferred not […]

Whistle blown on new Pompey owner

It was a takeover saga with more twists and turns than a Ronaldo stepover, and more drama than a Millwall away day at West Ham. Middle Eastern investor Sulaiman al-Fahim was finally announced as the proud new owner of Portsmouth Football Club last week (see story). It’s been a tortured process since the bid was first […]

Norton Rose joins CC on Orange’s T-Mobile merger

Clifford Chance and Norton Rose are advising on the potential merger of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a deal that would create the largest mobile phone operator in the UK. Clifford Chance partner Joachim Fleury, who heads the firm’s communications, media and technology practice, is leading the team advising T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile […]

Ashurst, Slaughters join US duo on Songbird refinancing

Two UK and two US firms have been drafted in to advise on the £836m ­recapitalisation of Canary Wharf Group owner ­Songbird Estates. Songbird’s longstanding adviser Slaughter and May was instructed by the ­property group, with ­partner Roland Turnhill leading a team that also included partners Rebecca Cousin and Philip Snell. Slaughters advised Songbird on its successful bid for […]

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