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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.


Herbert Smith makes part-timer a partner

In a rare move for a top City firm, Herbert Smith has promoted its first part-time assistant to the partnership Julia Pike, who has just been made a partner, works in the corporate department.The firm is confident that Pike will be able to combine working in a department handling transactions over weekends and evenings with […]

Pinsents Leeds loses two partners

Pinsent Curtis Biddle is losing two partners from its Leeds office Jonathan Hawkswell is the firm’s national head of construction and is leaving in a month to set up his own niche construction practice in Leeds. Hawkswell is part of the projects and commercial group, which is now gearing more towards PFI and projects work, […]

Deals Summary

Nabarro Nathanson (David Wright, John Staheli) advised Slough Estates subsidiary Farnborough Business Park on the lease of 1 Meadow Gate Avenue to Autodesk for a term of 15 years at an initial rent of almost £1m per annum. Field Fisher Waterhouse (Suzanne Middleton-Lindsley) advised Autodesk. SJ Berwin advised Brixton plc on the acquisition of Hatton […]

Yo! Sushi seeks first legal panel as empire expands

Japanese restaurant operator Yo! Sushi is to set up its first panel of law firms in order to meet the growing needs of its business The company, which brought conveyor-belt sushi to the UK, has appointed Meena Heath of consultancy Genesis Coordination to set up a panel of lawyers after she approached Simon Woodroffe, the […]

Deals Summary

Allen & Overy (Giancarlo Castorino) advised Merrill Lynch on the first collateral bond obligation transaction in Italy, which involved the securitisation of e889m (£544m) bonds issued by 117 different banks. Deutsche Bank and Société Générale also advised by A&O in Italy. Ashurst Morris Crisp (Simon Thrower) advised Crédit Industriel et Commercial on the leveraged buyout […]

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