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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.


Eversheds advises Swinton Insurance

Eversheds has advised Manchester-based Swinton Insurance Group on its purchase of Colonnade Insurance Brokers for £27m The acquisition of Colonnade from parent group Provident Financial makes Swinton the UK’s biggest high street insurer, with 348 high street branches.Swinton was part of the Royal & SunAlliance group until it was acquired by French mutual MMA last […]

Palestinian law pleases the EU

The European Union has welcomed the confirmation by Palestinian president Yasser Arafat of a law guaranteeing the independence of his nascent state’s judiciary Brussels called for a reconstituted Palestinian authority to be more democratic and transparent than the government. Brussels has been imposing conditions on the Arafat administration for the resumption of full-scale EU aid, […]

Lewis Silkin wins World Cup finals for Newsplayer

Lewis Silkin has signed up the rights to the past 40 years of World Cup finals footage for its new media client Newsplayer International.Newsplayer has licensed all the archives of World Cup finals from footage owners such as Fifa. The firm also negotiated a further deal between Newsplayer and JVC which will distribute the footage […]

Mallesons sends in the big guns to boost Asia

Corporate finance and M&A partners sent to HK; London gains first finance partner Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has boosted its Asia practice by transferring several key Australian partners to Hong Kong. The firm is also transferring a further partner to London to bolster its UK presence.Mallesons’ Hong Kong practice is currently focused on projects […]

McDermott takes lead role on E1.7bn Schmalbach takeover

McDermott Will & Emery has acted on the e1.725bn (£1.1bn) takeover of global packaging company Schmalbach-Lubeca, a longstanding client. Although the sale involved assets in more than 30 jurisdictions worldwide, McDermott’s London office had a pivotal role, providing more than half of the lawyers and coordinating the European aspects of the deal.Schmalbach is a plastic […]

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