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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.

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Where did the magic circle’s 2019 partner cohort go to uni?

Following last week’s announcement by Clifford Chance, all the magic circle firms have released their partner promotions for 2019. But where did the 42 new UK-based partners at Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Linklaters start out? It will come as no surprise to hear that Oxford and Cambridge are the universities that are […]

Mining

Mishcon loses to Cleary in billion-dollar mining arbitration

Mishcon de Reya has lost a billion-dollar arbitration case against a Brazilian mining company, represented by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Cleary secured a $2bn payout for its client Vale, who claimed $1.25bn in damages for losses suffered in a joint venture dating back to 2010, with the mining arm of Israeli tycoon Beny Steinmetz’s […]

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