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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.


Davies Arnold rues two more losses as Reynolds swoops for insurance lawyers

DaviEs Arnold Cooper is losing a second batch of lawyers to Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, this time from its insurance/reinsurance department. Partner Edward Smerdon and his senior assistant Simon Goldring are joining Reynolds this week, after practising at Davies Arnold for five and seven years respectively. In May last year, Davies Arnold lost its entire media […]

Lester Aldridge launches in Southampton

South coast firm Lester Aldridge has fulfilled its long-term expansion ambitions with the opening of a new office in Southampton. The Southampton office houses the firm’s new marine division, called LA Marine, as well as corporate recovery and planning teams. It will eventually provide a full commercial law service. Sixteen fee-earners have relocated from the […]

David and Goliath pairings act in Nomura's takeover of Bass

Hull-based Gosschalks acted alongside Clifford Chance on Nomura’s audacious £625m acquisition of a cluster of Bass pubs. Nomura’s principal finance group has purchased 988 Bass pubs after a hard-fought battle with Legal & General Ventures, making it the UK’s largest landlord. The number of properties involved is dwarfed by Nomura’s portfolio, now standing at 5,581 […]

Top ten deals

Daewoo debt restructuring Lead partner: Graham Rowbotham. Advising Korea Asset Management Corporation on its acquisition of $5bn (£3.47bn) of Daewoo Group debt. Nearly 300 creditors, mostly international banks, and one of the largest-ever debt restructurings. Scandecor trademarks litigation Lead partners: Robert Rakison and Larry Cohen. A landmark case successfully advising the appellant Scandecor in the […]

Lovells in talks with Spanish firm

Lovells is in merger talks with Spanish-based Castro Sueiro & Varela Abogados and discussions with the firm are reaching a critical stage. A source close to Lovells says the talks with the Spanish banking and derivatives practice are now at a “sensitive stage”. It is understood that Lovells had met with another Spanish firm, Despacho […]

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