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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.


Irwin Mitchell launches in-house fund

National firm Irwin Mitchell has launched a fund management unit that it says will become the largest in the country. With the new unit the firm will rival London firm Lawrence Graham as the biggest practice in the country to manage clients’ finances in-house. There are 55 firms in England and Scotland with similar units. […]


Berwin Leighton represented four investors on a £200m alliance with BAA’s property arm, BAA Lynton, known as the Airport Hotels Partnership. Berwin Leighton’s clients include Scottish Widows, the Coal Schemes, the Shell Pension Fund and an overseas investor. Corporate finance partner Frances McLeman acted with a team of four on the deal. Field Fisher Waterhouse […]

Quote of the week

“What’s the point of a couple more hundred grand when you really never have a life?” – A City lawyer claims money isn’t everything, especially when it’s only small change. Francis Laird: Correction In last week’s “Scuffle of the week” it was inferred that Francis Laird had resorted to violence when subjected to a physical […]


Baker & McKenzie advised Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy on its $82m (£51.9m) international and domestic share and global depository receipt offering and listing on the London and Warsaw stock exchanges. Credit Suisse First Boston acted as lead manager on the deal. Baker & McKenzie securities partner Peter Magyar led a team of two in the London […]


Coudert Brothers represented MCI WorldCom on a lease for the entire Reading International Business Park, where the company will establish its European headquarters. The site is being constructed by Akeler International. Coudert Brothers managing partner Philip Burroughs acted with a team of two on the deal while Akeler was advised by Berwin Leighton.

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