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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.



Manches represented the Burford Group on the £16.2m sale of The Observatory in Bracknell to British Airways Pension Fund Trustees, and on the letting of the 45,000sq ft gross contemporary office building to Towry Law on a 16-year FRI lease at an annual rent of £1.062m. Manches partner Nigel Brown led a team of three […]

Carrington quits B&M for F1 client

Baker & McKenzie is losing one of its top international partners to racing client McLaren. Nigel Carrington is a member of the firm’s eight-partner worldwide management committee and a former managing partner of the London office. Corporate finance partner Carrington is moving to TAG McLaren Holdings as managing director after working with the client for […]

Deacons and Dunhill tie the knot

Partners at leading Australian firms Deacons and Dunhill Madden Butler have voted in favour of merger. The two firms have been locked in talks for several months (The Lawyer, 12 June) and the merger, which will create a 140-partner firm, will be effective from 1 August. It will operate under the Deacons name. Over the […]


Lovells acted on the launch of the Lend Lease Overgate Partnership, a limited partnership comprising a group of six investors who committed a total of £137m to acquire Overgate, Tayside’s new fashion and lifestyle retail centre. Lovells partner Michael Stancombe headed the deal with a team of three. The developer was advised by Linklaters & […]

Buchanan Ingersoll takes rival's bio team

Pittsburgh firm Buchanan Ingersoll is taking on one of the US’s leading biotechnology teams from rival firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. The group of nine lawyers, including four partners, boosts the firm’s technology practice and leaves Akin Gump lacking in its biomedical, food and drug capability. The partners are Robert Pinco, Edward John […]

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