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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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Herbies finalises RBS’s Cygnet deal

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after winning a coveted place on the £100m-plus deals panel last November. The firm advised RBS on a successful funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has not been […]

CMS signs up Spanish alliance member

CMS has finally plugged a gap in its European coverage after signing Spanish corporate and finance specialists Albinana Suarez de Lezo (ASL) as an alliance member. The firm formally acceded to the alliance late last month will practice under the CMS banner from January 1, 2005. Headquartered in Madrid, ASL has offices in Seville and […]

Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner. Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer […]

Keeble bags Standard Life

Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson has beaten a slew of other mid-sized firms to secure a lucrative instruction as the leading legal adviser for Standard Life’s new pension product. The firm will become Standard Life’s key adviser for the commercial property investments of its new flagship pension product the Standard Life SIPP (self-invested personal pension). […]

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

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