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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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Property

Because the stock performances of many property companies have been badly damaged by the increased trend towards investment in high-tech shares, the purse strings are being tightened. And some of the first to feel the pinch have been the law firms which advise those in the sector. Consolidation, downsizing and buyouts are additional factors which […]

Property

Nabarro Nathanson advised Australian shopping centre developer Westfield Holdings on its £53m acquisition of a 75 per cent interest in Nottingham-based Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. Redevelopment of the centre will be carried out by a joint venture with current owners the Post Office Staff Superannuation Scheme (Possfund) represented by Hermes Property Asset Management. Nabarros corporate finance […]

Property

Hill Dickinson represented Queens Moat House on the £44.5m sale of the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh to Stakis, which is part of the Hilton Group. Hill Dickinson corporate partner Felicity Jones led a team of three while Scottish law advice was provided by Drummond Miller. Stakis was represented by SJ Berwin.

Retail

The retail sector is under attack from escalating consumer demand for e-commerce. All major supermarkets and clothing outlets are having to head online, and even the largest players are facing up to new rivals, mergers, consolidation and takeovers. The largest deal of 1999 was Wal-Mart’s acquisition of Asda, which saw the US giant pay £6.7bn […]

Corporate killing law misses the mark

Mark Tyler believes that the new corporate killing offence has little to do with health and safety. The government has finally revealed its proposals for overhauling the intricate law of manslaughter. The result is a sub-division of different offences of killing involuntarily, with a special formulation for “corporate killing”. The proposal is based substantially on […]

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