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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 scores major role on Irish road ppp

A raft of firms has given advice on the design, construction, operation and financing of a toll road in Ireland. An Ashurst infrastructure team led by partners Joss Dare, Patrick Boyle and Lee McDonald advised Celtic Roads Group (CRG) on the financial close of the €354m (£238.92m) M7/M8 Portlaoise PPP project. The project will see […]

Bakers, Links land Ferrexpo LSE roles

Baker & McKenzie has advised Ukrainian company Ferrexpo on its London Stock Exchange IPO, while Linklaters acted for the financial advisers on the deal. Ferrexpo mines, processes and sells iron ore in the form of pellets for use in the production of steel. Corporate partners Peter Magyar and Tim Sheddick led the Bakers team, which […]

The rain event

Thanks are due to Lawrence Graham (oh okay, LG) for laying on the best BBQ of the year so far last Tuesday (19 June). The bash, the first Lawrence Graham (okay, okay LG) do to see daylight (until now they’ve been held in a crypt on Halloween) was a celebration of the firm’s new building […]

Govt calls on SJ Berwin capital funds expertise

SJ Berwin capital funds expertise” />SJ Berwin has landed a role advising the Government on its latest round of enterprise capital funds (ECFs). The vehicles, which were first introduced following the 2003 Budget, are designed to bridge the equity gap experienced by early stage venture capital companies that are too big to be funded by […]

City rivals face off as AKZO targets ici

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May must be sick of the sight of each other. The firms are squaring up on a bid for ICI, with Slaughters advising Dutch giant Akzo Nobel on its £7.2bn approach and Freshfields getting the nod from ICI. The firm advised the chemicals company on the £1.2bn disposal of […]

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