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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.


Kirkland ramps up New York with Weil capture

Kirkland & Ellis has snared a restructuring partner from US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges to bulk up its New York restructuring capabilities. Christopher Marcus joins Kirkland as partner in New York. Marcus, who has advised on a number of high-profile restructurings including WorldCom in 2003, was made up in the firm’s latest round of […]

Linklaters, Lovells in face-off as BP claims against its Russian JV partner

Linklaters and Lovells are going head-to-head as BP starts its Swedish ­arbitration proceedings against Russian consortium Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), which is in a lucrative joint venture with the energy giant. BP’s legal team alleges that the TNK-BP joint ­venture’s legal framework has been violated by AAR – a consortium made up of Russian billionaires Mikhail Fridman, […]


Heads in the sand

Claims that the insurance industry can somehow sidestep the meltdown of the US financial market are wide of the mark, say Linda Dakin-Grimm and Patty Quilizapa The US credit market crisis is far from over, as the events of early July have demonstrated. California-based mortgage lender IndyMac Bank failed and the FBI has announced a […]


Lords uphold SFO appeal against BAE bribe ruling

The Law Lords have upheld an appeal by the Serious Fraud Office against a High Court ruling that it acted unlawfully in terminating a probe into a BAE Systems arms deal. The Law Lords have upheld an appeal from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) against the High Court’s ruling that it acted unlawfully in terminating […]

DAC on the hunt for another merger

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has vowed to push its turnover through the £40m barrier by the end of this financial year as it scouts for another merger following its deal with KSB Law earlier this year. DAC ;senior ;partner Danny Gowan said the first two months of the current financial year were better than the […]

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