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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 Leader column

How pleasant it is to see law firms displaying the Christmas spirit. A recent double-page advertisement in the FT on behalf of Crisis named all the firms which had donated their Christmas card budgets to the homeless charity. Such are lawyers’ delicate dispositions that they wouldn’t want to shout about how much they give to […]

The giant client

Ntl/Travers Smith Braithwaite If football is anything to go by, then telecoms company NTL is an acquisitive beast. Just look at the number of teams it is sponsoring this season – Aston Villa, Leicester City, Newcastle United, Middlesbrough and Rangers. So at first glance, an observer could be forgiven for thinking that NTL does the […]

Dublin and Luxembourg rivals link up

A formal alliance between niche Dublin investment fund firm Dillon Eustace and Luxembourg’s Arendt & Medernach has just been announced. Both firms are highly rated for investment fund work and have formed an alliance despite the popular conception that the jurisdictions are in direct competition. Dillon Eustace partner Andrew Bates says: “Many people in the […]

BAE Systems

BAE Systems sells 395-acre site to Redrow Group for urban village development. BAE Systems advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Adrian Dear, Richard Vernon and Melanie Jordan). Redrow advised by Hill Dickinson.

Lehman Brothers

Lehman Brothers International (Europe) lead manages the £84m securitisation of the business of the Really Useful Theatres. Lehman Brothers advised by Allen & Overy (David Krischer). Really Useful Theatres represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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