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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.


Top five billers

William Charnley, head of corporate Previously the head of corporate at Simmons & Simmons, Charnley was one of the original three partners who launched McDermotts’ London office in November 1998. In 2000, Charnley was the sixth highest biller in the whole of McDermott Will & Emery and the top in London, billing clients a total […]

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 […]

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 […]

A year ago this week

Barclays plans to cut law panel Barclays Bank planned to cut the number of firms it used in a review which included its core panel of firms, known as the Matrix. The 11-firm Matrix was believed to include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields and Slaughter and May. The review was completed in July […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

AstraZeneca signs a £1.2bn outsourcing deal with IBM to manage the chemical company’s global IT infrastructure covering 45 countries. AstraZeneca advised by Shaw Pittman (Andrew Moyle). IBM was advised in-house. Parent company of WebFusion Internet Solutions, Magic Moments Internet, acquires One 2 One Advertising & Telecommunications. The company is also placing £2.5m worth of new […]

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