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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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Nabarro Nathanson acted for the Chase Manhattan Bank in its purchase of the freehold interest in its former London headquarters building Woolgate House from Scottish Amicable and PPGM. The freehold was simultaneously sold on to MEPC for £75m. Scottish Amicable was advised by Cameron Markby Hewitt, PPGM by Simmons & Simmons and Linklaters & Paines […]

Linklaters ties up Kent shopping centre deal

Lawyers from Linklaters & Paines are breathing a sigh of relief at the end of complex negotiations to finance what will be one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Bluewater, in Kent. A team of five partners and five assistants, including property partner Martin Elliott and property tax partner Simon Clark, worked for a year with […]

Danish invaders put new man in London

Danish firm Kromann & Munter is expanding its London operation to target new Danish companies setting up in the UK. The firm is sending one its senior partners from Copenhagen to head up the London office, which has previously been run by a more junior lawyer, Claus Hansen. From January, Peter Friis will take over […]

Two law firms show interest in E&Y oil alliance

At least two law firms have expressed interest in joining with Big Six accountants Ernst & Young in a cross-disciplinary alliance to provide a one-stop advice service to the oil and gas industry. Ernst & Young last week teamed up with UK oil and gas field exploration consultants Hannon Westwood Associates and international geoscience consultancy […]

Prosoft Carpe Diem reaches version two

Texas-based ProSoft Corporation has launched a new version of its time and expense tracking package, Carpe Diem. Carpe Diem allows users to record billable time through a series of timers which can be labelled, for example with a client’s name. It can also create electronic timesheets and expense reports, which can be posted into most […]

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