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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.


It's been a good week for…

Pro-hunt lobbyists. The Scottish Countryside Alliance claims that the people who would be made redundant if a bill banning fox hunting in Scotland becomes law, will be able to claim potential earnings for the rest of their working lives. The organisation says that according to the European Convention on Human Rights, job losses can no […]


Davis Polk & Wardwell acted for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Private Equity and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding in relation to the arrangement of $350m (£233m) in financings for Choice One Communications. Partner Leonard Kreynin acted with an eight-strong team on the deal. US firm Nixon Peabody represented Choice One.

Lovells bucks slump with high-profile M&A deals

Lovells is undergoing a resurgence in its corporate practice after a slump saw the firm slide from the top 10 half-year M&A league tables. A series of high-profile transactions are pushing the firm’s corporate practice back to prominence. Head of corporate Hugh Nineham is leading the practice after the semi-retirement of his predecessor Dan Mace. […]

Linklaters & Alliance

Linklaters & Alliance and Nabarro Nathanson acted for MEPC and Westfield respectively on a joint venture to acquire the bulk of MEPC’s retail portfolio. As part of the deal nine shopping centres will be purchased for £930m and will be managed by Westfield. Linklaters’ Christopher Coombe and Nabarros’ Tom Symes and Deborah Parry led the […]

Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn is leaving his post as general counsel at GE Capital and taking his little black book with him. Dearbail Jordan talks to him about his move to US firm Latham & Watkins Kevin Dunn, European general counsel at GE Capital and soon to be US firm Latham & Watkins’ new acquisition finance partner, […]

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