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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.


The final act

Pension fund trustees are looking to the provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 to protect the interests of members in the case of bankruptcy. By Andrew Visintin and Grant Jones Much coverage has been given to the state of UK pensions, with estimates of a pension fund deficit of around £130bn in relation to the […]

Bird & Bird’s European offices benefit from promotions

Bird & Bird has appointed eight new partners, seven of which work in the firm’s European offices. Germany promoted three, the most new partners of any jurisdiction. Fabian Niemann was promoted in the Frankfurt IT practice, with corporate partner Jiri Jäger and competition specialist Jörg Witting appointed in Düsseldorf. Italy received two new partners, finance […]

Kings’ year crowned by income rise

Manchester and Leeds set Kings Chambers overcame a difficult first half of the year to post a 2 per cent income rise to £13.5m in 2005-06. Manchester and Leeds set Kings Chambers overcame a difficult first half of the year to post a 2 per cent income rise to £13.5m in 2005-06. The set saw its turnover […]

Hammonds set to take harder line on partner departures

Hammonds is to radically reform the way it handles resignations and notice periods of departing partners once the firm’s 14-month lock-in ends in June. The firm is considering a range of measures that will help to cut down on the number of departures in any one year. Hammonds’ options include extending its current six-month notice period to a […]

Deals roundup

Norton Rose has advised German property fund Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft (CGI) on the off-market sale of Linklaters’ headquarters to Beacon Capital Partners. Norton Rose real estate partner Robin Mitchell led the work for the vendors, while Ashurst Hugh Lumby acted for the buyers. Norton Rose helps CGI with Linklaters HQ sale Norton Rose has advised […]

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