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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.



Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Bankers Trust which


Lewis Silkin acted for RTZ subsidiary Borax Consolidated Ltd on the sale of Borax House, SW1, for £7.5 million. Allen & Overy acted for purchaser Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust.

Mystery firms court high fliers with £400,000 salaries

MEDIUM-SIZED UK firms and US practices are using £400,000 salaries as bargaining chips to entice top-flight UK solicitors on board. Legal recruitment advisers Taylor Root have placed advertisements in the legal press offering six-figure pay packets of up to £400,000 to lawyers specialising in sectors that include banking, private client, and telecomms. Legal sources claim […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 18/07/95

Privileged communications between client and solicitor Barclays Bank v Eustice (1995) CA (Butler-Sloss LJ, Aldous LJ and Schiemann LJ) 6/7/95. Summary: Communications between solicitor and client relating to a proposed undervalue transaction to be disclosed. Defendant’s appeal against an order made on the application of the plaintiff bank under s.423 Insolvency Act 1986 and an […]


Gouldens acted for Silk Industries plc on its flotation

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