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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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Struggling Ropes pivots to litigation with hire from Akin Gump

While Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins and White & Case have showed a consistent trajectory, many other firms have been more stop-start. Take Ropes & Gray, which launched in 2010 and whose star flared brightly for several years, attracting lawyers from firms ranging from Weil Gotshal & Manges, Travers Smith and Cadwalader.  The last […]

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Jones Day leavers continue as tax partner heads for Katten

Another Jones Day partner, corporate tax lawyer Charlotte Sallabank, has waved goodbye to the firm, exiting for Katten Muchin Rosenman in London. Sallabank has been at Jones Day since 2006 and is the most recent of a number of exits this year. She follows the departures of private equity partner Michael Weir to White & Case, real estate partner Alex […]

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CC and Skadden take lion’s share of M&A fees for CME-NEX deal

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Clifford Chance are among the legal advisers who will share approximately £14m in legal fees, as US giant CME Group completes the £4.3bn purchase of its UK trading and technology rival NEX Group. Skadden acted for longstanding client CME, and its team on this transaction was led by […]

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