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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.


A&O lands role to advise on Collins Stewart Tullett operations demerger

Allen & Overy has landed the key role of advising Collins Stewart Tullett on its proposed demerger. Corporate partner Mark Dighero is acting for longstanding client Collins Stewart Tullett in a move that will see the banking operation separate from the stockbroking business. Dighero told The Lawyer: “Collins Stewart [Tullett] operates in a heavily regulated […]

Bin Shabib becomes first UAE firm in Dubai centre

Bin Shabib & Associates has become the first United Arab Emirates-based law firm to set up shop in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC). Bin Shabib is one of a plethora of law firms that have opened in the DIFC, a financial free zone with its own regulatory regime. Rashid bin Shabib, joint managing partner, […]

Burges Salmon helps set up Islamic financing tool

Burges Salmon has advised on an innovative commercial property Islamic finance product for longstanding client Bristol & West Property Finance. The law firm worked in conjunction with Bristol & West Property Finance and property broker Gamble & Spencer to create a sharia-compliant instrument for the refinancing of two investment properties. The deal size has not […]

A rural revolution

The South West aims to generate 15 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2010, compared with 3 per cent at present. But planning consent is a bar to progress, says Luke Gabb At the last count, there were around 150 businesses working in renewable energy across the South West and some 100 […]


James Chapman splits between Halliwells and Brabners

Halliwells and Manchester personal injury specialist James Chapman & Co are to merge in the North West’s most significant legal development for years. However James Chapman’s 19-strong commercial team, including senior partner Maurice Watkins and his trophy client Manchester United, has chosen to join Brabners Chaffe Street in a £2m boost for the firm’s commercial […]

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