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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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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 […]

Three Gordon Dadds partners set up boutique

Three lawyers have defected from high-profile Mayfair private client firm Gordon Dadds to set up their own family law practice. Former senior partner Douglas Alexiou, who represented Spice Girl Melanie Gulzar, now Brown, in her divorce battle last summer, is leaving to pursue a specialist practice with fellow partners Jeremy Fisher and Susan Phillips on […]

David Wilson Homes threatens to cut panel as part of efficiency drive

Leicester-based David Wilson Homes, the homebuilding unit of Wilson Bowden, is considering plans to cut the number of firms it instructs following a benchmarking exercise. David Wilson Homes outsources around 70 per cent of site acquisition work and all plot sales. Most of that work has historically gone to 16 firms across the housebuilder’s 13 […]

Laporte panel uncertain after Degussa takeover

Chemical company Laporte is cutting its in-house legal department as its future relationship with its panel firms hangs in the balance following its takeover by Degussa-Hüls. Dan Toner, one of two UK lawyers, is leaving the in-house team in March as the company reaches the final stages of the takeover by the German company, leaving […]

Lubricating the joints

Tulkinghorn is no stranger to exercise, in fact it was only seven years ago that he went on a long bracing walk. That stroll might have been brought about by the reluctance of any hackney cab to take Tulkinghorn back from the annual partners lunch, but nevertheless he feels able to empathise with the hearty […]

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