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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.


Stibbe Simont commits to Continental strategy

European firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot has rebranded itself under the single name of Stibbe. This rebranding acts as confirmation of the firm’s commitment not to seek an Anglo-Saxon merger. Managing partner Allard Metzelaar says of the rebranding: “The main reason for doing this is that it expresses what we are, which is a single, […]

The Personnelity

Ask a group of HR managers to name the most over-used word in the workplace and there is a fair chance that “stress” would appear high on the list. While we live in an increasingly pressurised world with the workplace at the centre of this pressure, stress remains an elusive concept. One of the reasons […]

A Little Extra

Neil Ogilvie, head of legal at Littlewoods, has a complex role with the company repositioning itself in the market place while downsizing its staff. Mary Murphy reports on the cut and thrust of the high street. This has been a difficult year for retail chain Littlewoods and the Index stores and catalogues. Results for the […]

CC thrashes out future management

Clifford Chance’s board is locked in discussions to decide which partners will become the next generation of management. The board spent last Friday (19 January) in a late-night meeting in Hong Kong. One of the topics addressed was the management succession. The issue is the subject of much speculation within the firm. One insider confirms […]


Following on from last summer’s chaotic bid for Hyder, Western Power Distribution (WPD), which won out against Japanese bank Nomura, is offloading a number of the Welsh water and electricity company’s assets. The £20m management buyout of Hyder’s consulting business by 70 senior managers may provide a new client for Wragge & Co, as it […]

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