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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.



Mishcon de Reya acted for Asda Property Holdings on its £16.4m sale of the freehold of a Cheltenham office to a private investor. The 57,000 sq ft freehold is currently rented by Eagle Star which has a lease agreement until 2023. Nick Doffman, property partner at Mishcons, led a team of two on the deal.

The case for changing the conduct of experts

A spate of recent cases have helped to set out further guidelines for experts. Amina Somers, partner responsible for technology & construction at Irwin Mitchell’s London office, acted for BML. Amina Somers reports. Lord Woolf, in his interim report, said that two of the major generators of unnecessary costs in civil litigation were uncontrolled discovery […]

Rabins snubs UK law firms to sell to investment bank

A second South African law firm has been bought by an investment bank after snubbing merger offers from international law firms. Rabin Van Den Berg & Pelkowitz is a 14-lawyer Johannesburg-based practice which split from top South African firm Werksmans five years ago to concentrate on international mergers and acquisitions work. The five-partner practice has […]


Tarlo Lyons advised Interregnum on its £90m admission to AIM. Corporate finance partners Kevin Barrow and Tim Couldrick acted with a team of two on the deal.

Gowlings merger creates top-three Canadian firm

Two of Canada’s leading firms are merging to form one of the top three firms in the country – the second big merger in Canada in as many months. Leading technology law firm Gowling Strathy & Henderson, which has more than 450 lawyers, is teaming up with 100-lawyer Quebec firm Lafleur Brown. Gowling Strathy has […]

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