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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.


Linklaters hopefuls perform screen test

Linklaters‘ senior partner election moves into its final phase this week, with the three contenders putting out video presentations urging partners to vote for them. Corporate partner David Cheyne, finance head Giles White and banking partner Robert Elliott each created a five-minute film outlining the reasons for their candidacy. The video was designed to supplement […]

Bankrupt Delta Airlines pays out

Davis Polk & Wardwell is proving to be the top earner from Delta Air Lines ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. The New York-based firm has netted $10.3m (£5.59m) in fees and $603,539 (£327,000) in expenses after a bankruptcy court judge approved the payment for just four-and-a-half months’ work. The Davis Polk team, led by partners […]

Freshfields, Camerons win Austrian Bank job

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS Cameron McKenna advised on the E650m (£443.3m) sale of all of Austrian bank Raiffeisen International’s shares in JSC Raiffeisenbank Ukraine to Hungarian bank OTP. JSC Raiffeisenbank has a balance sheet total of more than E1.2bn (£820m), and 39 branches. Freshfields Vienna partner Maria Pflügl advised Raiffeisen on both deals. Kiev-based […]


Orrick grudge match inspires Battle of Kaiserslautern

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is leading a charge to proclaim itself the most globalised firm in the, er, globe. Inspired by the US firm’s New York partner Burt Haimes, who is the longest-serving member of the US Soccer Federation’s board of directors, the firm has adopted the hitherto completely foreign culture of soccerball and World […]

Speechly Bircham lands trio task

Speechly Bircham‘s capital market practice has scooped yet another instruction through its lucrative relationship with Wharton Asset Management, this time acting on the listing of an investment fund. Trio Finance, which invests in investment-grade, asset-backed securities, launched a listing on the London Stock Exchange together with share issuance to raise $100m (£54.23m). Wharton acts as […]

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