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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.


Clifford Chance gatecrashes global LBO rankings

Clifford Chance has broken the US’s stranglehold on advising global private equity buyouts, making it onto the global leveraged buyout (LBO) leaderboard in terms of value in the second quarter of 2007. According to data from mergermarket, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett is the leading legal adviser to private equity buyouts globally, advising on $140.9bn (£70.71bn) […]

UK directors should beware the new Companies Act

The International Bar Association Conference held in Rome last month (May) on class actions saw the European legal profession listening in rapt silence to speakers from the US explaining the practical realities of class action funding and resolution. It was interesting to see the preponderance of heavyweight commercial law firms present. There is a growing […]

Growing up fast

Tulkinghorn would like to offer his thanks to RadcliffesLeBrasseur consultant Robert Bieber for the lift back to Lawyer Towers the other day on the back of his Yamaha Tmax 500cc scooter. For Tulkinghorn this was a taste of life in the fast lane (or at least the outer lane of Hyde Park Corner). For Bieber, […]

Return to slender

Even if you have a short holiday, the office can change quickly and be quite a different place by the time you come back. Freshfields IP head Avril Martindale may have that feeling when she gets back from her sabbatical in September. She will return to an IP department with at least two fewer partners […]

Ashurst in bid for hedge funds

Ashurst is set to target activist hedge funds in a move it hopes will give it first-mover advantage in the evolving M&A landscape. Ashurst’s new strategy sets it apart from other City firms, which have been wary of activist hedge funds because of the potential for conflicts of interest. Ashurst head of corporate Adrian Clark […]

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