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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.


Money laundering: new case raises fresh worries over reporting clients

A landmark trial starts today (1 July) of a partner accused of money laundering that is likely to have significant implications on the requirements of lawyers reporting on suspicious clients.The current law states that lawyers have to report clients they believe are involved in suspicious activities. However, in this case the partner is charged with […]

Deals summary

CMS Cameron McKenna (Ian Parker) has led a joint CMS team, including lawyers from CMS Carnogursky Strommer Reich-Rohrwig, advising the Slovakian government on the restructuring of the energy sector. Under the terms of the deal, German energy group E.ON acquires a 49 per cent interest in Západoslovenská energetika (ZSE) for e330m (£213.7m). DWF Solicitors advised […]

Nabarros’ turnover inches up as profits drop five per cent

Nabarro Nathanson has come in just under budget with a 5 per cent rise in turnover for the last financial year, but has shown a 5 per cent drop in profitability.Turnover rose from £87.3m in 2000-2001 to £91.4m, while profits per partner dropped from £363,000 to £345,000.Senior partner Simon Johnston put the profits drop down […]

Halliwell Landau consultancy arm opened with view to float

Halliwell Landau has set up a consultancy arm, which it is considering floating on the stock market “very quickly”. The consultancy service will provide companies with advice on executive compensation schemes. The firm plans to cross-sell its services to clients of the law firm and the new consultancy business and does not anticipate that this […]

KLegal-KPMG target private equity houses

KLegal is making a multidisciplinary push for mid-market private equity. The firm has set up a joint team with KPMG that will target private equity houses for acquisitions and non-transactional work.The team is headed by KPMG partner Oliver Tant and includes KLegal partner Moray Macpherson. The bulk of the team comes from KPMG’s transaction services, […]

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