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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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Willkie Farr & Gallagher has advised US dermatology company Stiefel Laboratories on its $3.6bn (£2.5bn) takeover by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Willkie Farr & Gallagher has advised US dermatology company Stiefel Laboratories on its $3.6bn (£2.5bn) takeover by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in what is one of the biggest M&A transactions to hit the market […]

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Diego Maradona once dubbed Carlos Tévez the “Argentine prophet for the 21st century”: high praise indeed from a player with the dexterity of a deity. Diego Maradona once dubbed Carlos Tévez the “Argentine prophet for the 21st century”: high praise indeed from a player with the dexterity of a deity. However, it is unlikely that […]

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The world famous 100 Club to host Law Rocks

The legal profession’s first battle of the bands is being launched this summer, dubbed Law Rocks. The legal profession’s first battle of the bands is being launched this summer, dubbed Law Rocks, and will take place at London’s legendary 100 Club – a venue that has hosted bands including the Sex Pistols and Van Morrison. […]

Bakers guides Sphinx through fund set-up

The London office of Baker & McKenzie has advised on the establishment of a $100m (£68.35m) turnaround fund in Egypt. The London office of Baker & McKenzie has advised on the establishment of a $100m (£68.35m) turnaround fund in Egypt. The fund, run by Sphinx Private Equity, has secured investment from the European Investment Bank […]

Freshfields, Links lead way on Heineken-Globe Pub debt deal

Magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have lined up to advise on brewing giant Heineken’s surprise investment in Globe Pub Company’s senior debt. Magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have lined up to advise on brewing giant Heineken’s surprise investment in Globe Pub Company’s senior debt. Under advice from a Freshfields […]

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