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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.


Top Cravath M&Apartner quits for Chase Manhattan

Top New York firm Cravath Swaine & Moore is losing one of its most senior M&A partners to investment bank Chase Manhattan. Highly-rated Rob Kindler is leaving to become a managing director at Chase Manhattan, and will be charged with helping to bring in the mega-merger deals that have so far eluded the bank. Recognised […]


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.

Fraser Milner moves into Quebec with Byers merger

Leading Canadian firm Fraser Milner is merging with highly-rated Quebec practice Byers Casgrain to form one of the country’s top five law firms. The new firm will be called Fraser Milner Casgrain and will have 465 lawyers in six offices across Canada. Fraser Milner has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Ottawa, and the […]


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 […]

Retail and Foreign Banks

Retail and foreign banking has changed radically over the past decade and with it the nature of its legal work has also changed. Consolidation has been a key to this transformation. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s merger with NatWest, HSBC Holdings’ acquisition of Midland Bank, and Lloyds Bank’s decision to join forces with TSB, are […]

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