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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.


Deals summary

SJ Berwin (Tom O’Grady) advised Buckingham Estates Partnership on the sale of a £40m property portfolio to Buckingham Estates, a subsidiary of Golfrate Holdings. Buckingham Estates advised by Darlingtons (Simon Lawrence, David Swede). DJ Freeman (Stephen O’Brien, Helen Dyer) acted for financers Royal Bank of Scotland. Gouldens (Suzanne Billington) advised Pillar Property and the Hercules […]


Crooked solicitors gain immunity from Law Soc

Hundreds of corrupt solicitors could escape having their practices shut down by the Law Society by claiming it infringes their human rights A judgment handed down last week said that, by closing a solicitor’s practice, the society could be breaching the Human Rights Act. When a solicitor is suspected of dishonesty, the society usually stops […]

Finers blames 25 per cent profit slump on 'optimistic' accountancy

Finers Stephens Innocent is blaming accounting irregularities for its financial results this year, which have seen profits per partner slashed by 25 per cent In 2001, the firm reported its average profits per partner as £220,000; this year they were down to £176,000. However, the firm has now admitted that its estimates of the average […]


CC and Slaughters lead Corus and CSN’s transatlantic tie-up Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have taken the leading roles on a groundbreaking merger between Corus and Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN). The tie-up will create the world’s fifth-largest steel company and the only transatlantic one.A Clifford Chance team led by New York-based, […]

Conquering Europe

Over the last few years US firms have stormed into Europe with a host of mergers and lateral hires. Nicola Smith reports on what they’ve been up to this year, both at home and away HEADLINESShearman & Sterling in Germany strengthened its position in Asia by taking on high-profile corporate partner Andreas Diem, who has […]

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