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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.


Lovells wins work on Equitable sell-off

Lovells has scooped an instruction from Equitable Life as it disposes of £4.6bn of its annuity business to Canada Life. It is a nice piece of work for Lovells, which has been steadily strengthening its relationship with the mutual for the past five years on non-contentious matters. The firm was first brought in to handle […]

US firms outshine UK rivals

Despite the troubled state of the US dollar, our friends across the pond still managed to outshine their UK competitors when the finalised financial results for the top 100 US firms were published last month. Overall, the combined gross revenue for the top 100 US firms reached $50.7bn (£28.97bn) in 2005, up 10 per cent […]

BOC unveils first-ever in-house MBA

Global industrial gases group BOC is to launch the UK’s first-ever MBA specifically for in-house lawyers. It plans to begin the course later this year and will run the MBA in conjunction with other in-house legal functions to make the project viable financially. It has held discussions with potential course providers Ashbridge Business School and […]

Lovells posts huge increase in profit

Lovells has bounced back from its woeful 2004-05 financial results after reporting a whopping 40 per cent leap in profit. According to Lovells’ preliminary financial results for 2005-06, the top of equity has jumped by 40 per cent, from £502,000 to £700,000, on the back of an extreme cost-cutting programme and changes to the lockstep. The results […]

Milbank, Davis Polk act on Indian IPO

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Davis Polk & Wardwell advised on the Rs270bn (£3.16bn) IPO of Reliance Petroleum – India’s largest-ever IPO. Reliance has been formed to set up a petroleum refinery and polypropylene plant in the state of Gujarat and will comprise part of the world’s largest oil refinery complex. Funding for the […]

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