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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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Deals summary

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) (Simon Allen) acted for English Partnerships on the sale of the Millennium Dome to the Meridian Delta consortium, advised by Clifford Chance (Iain Morpeth). Holme Roberts & Owen (Kevin Conwick), with Herbert Smith (Patrick Robinson) and Denton Wilde Sapte (Simon Levine), advised Anschutz Entertainment, which will run the 20,000-seat arena that […]

Hill Dickinson targets media disputes

Hill Dickinson is continuing its resurgence with the launch of a new media disputes team Following its merger with niche commercial firm Gorna & Co at the start of this year, the firm has announced the establishment of a media disputes resolution unit.Based across the firm’s offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London, the unit comprises […]

Deals summary

Herbert Smith (Michael Walter, Philip Talboys) advised KPMG on the e657m (£424.2m) sale of its UK consulting business to Atos Origin of France. Sullivan & Cromwell also advised KPMG. Atos Origin was advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Paris partner Jean-Michel Tron). Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Scott Barraclough) advised financial services group Provident Financial on […]

Herbert Smith profits drop eight per cent

Herbert Smith has seen its profits drop by 8 per cent to £670,000 per partner, while turnover is up a respectable 10 per cent to £225m The firm’s highest earners, who last year made £870,000, will draw a profit share of £800,000 this year.

Crystal adds BCCI case to his portfolio

Michael Crystal QC has been instructed to act for the liquidators of BCCI in its action against the Bank of America This brings to three the number of large, high-profile cases that Crystal, joint head of 3/4 South Square, has been involved in since the settlement in February of the Thyssen case in Bermuda.He continues […]

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