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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.

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Norton Rose trainees offered £10k to defer

Norton Rose has offered its future trainees up to £10,000 to push back their start dates for up to 12 months. Norton Rose has offered its future trainees up to £10,000 to push back their start dates for up to 12 months. The firm has contacted around 100 of its prospective trainees due to start […]

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Milbank suffers 16 per cent profit drop

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has posted a double digit drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) along with a 3 per cent fall in total revenue for the 2008 financial year. The New York-headquartered firm’s PEP fell from $2.53m in 2007 to $2.1m, at 16 per cent one of the most significant reductions […]

Redemptions on song?

Recent Cayman, Bermudian and BVI court decisions have given practitioners a heads-up on fund redemption legislation. With the hedge fund industry severely impacted by recent events, many offshore funds have been left facing serious liquidity issues and substantial redemption requests they cannot meet. In order to trade out of difficulty or preserve assets for the […]

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Clear thinking

Offshore jurisdictions have a tendency to be viewed with suspicion, accused of harbouring illegal funds. But it is a suspicion born of ignorance in how they operate, argues Charles Jennings The Cayman Islands’ financial industry relies on institutional work. A glance at the number of Cayman mutual funds (1,933 newly registered in 2007 and 1,650 in […]

Links combines key partner meetings

Linklaters has scrapped one of its two annual partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. Linklaters ;has scrapped one of its two annual ;partnership ­meetings by merging its partnership retreat and strategy meetings into a single conference. The move comes as the firm looks to scale down the size of […]

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