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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.


UK law firms snubbed by German financial giants

Financial giants Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank have chosen independent German firms to advise on their merger rather than UK-based firms with German links. Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Laber, Germany’s largest firm, is acting for Deutsche Bank, while Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch Rechtsanwalte is representing Dresdner Bank. The merger will create the world’s largest financial […]

Litigation Personal Injury 13/3/00

Cases from LAWTEL’s PI Quantum Database. Contact Deborah Talbot on 0171 970 4823. (1)Sun Microsystems Ltd (2)Latham (3)Murphy v Brown (2000) QBD (Brian Smedley J) 19 January 2000 Claimant: (3)Female, 37 years old at date of accident; 42 years old at date of settlement. The claims brought by the first and second claimants had settled […]

Davies Wallis enters London

Leading north-west firm Davies Wallis Foyster is opening a London office – the second big regional player to move into the capital in as many weeks. The 42-partner firm is taking office space in Mayfair to establish its London capability and is looking to make appointments. Last week top Birmingham firm Wragge & Co made […]

Litigation Writs 13/3/00

A listed building at Wrexham, Clwyd, has become the centre of a High Court claim. Thomas Smith, who was given grants to repair historic Althrey Hall, is facing a claim for repayment after selling the property. Smith sold the building without telling the National Assembly for Wales which had paid him the grants. The assembly […]

Linklaters acts on Aer Lingus flotation

It pitched for the work in a competitive tender with Salomons Bank which was appointed financial advisor to the Irish government. Linklaters also worked last year on the floatation of Telecom Eireann. Mason Hayes & Curran will handle the retail offering to the public after winning the tender process with corporate partner Paul Egan leading […]

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