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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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Financing

Linklaters is advising project company Mozal SARL and sponsor/shareholder Billiton on the US$1.3bn Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. Clifford Chance advised co-sponsor Mitsubishi and Allen & Overy is acting for co-sponsor Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. White & Case is advising lenders International Finance Corporation.

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Claim limit slated

THE Law Commission is set to abandon controversial plans to introduce a 30-year “long-stop limitation period” in personal injury cases after the proposal caused uproar among PI lawyers. The Law Commission’s head of common law, Professor Andrew Burrows, told The Lawyer last week it was “unlikely” the commission would go ahead with the plan, which […]

CC drafts new rules for LIFFE

CLIFFORD CHANCE finance partner Tim Plews is drawing up the new rules for controversial screen-based trading at LIFFE, the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange. The move from open outcry to electronic trading, is likely to see dozens of City traders losing their jobs. But the move has been forced by competition from Frankfurt’s […]

A&O scoops award

Allen & Overy has been voted the world’s best project finance law firm by the readers of Project Finance magazine. Deals that clinched the accolade for the firm include advising on the largest and longest domestic syndicated loan in Hungary to equip the Matra power plant.

Irvine is personality of the year

Lord Irvine’s plans to smash the Bar’s near monopoly of higher court advocacy have been greeted with jubilation by solicitors. In last week’s consultation paper on rights of audience, the Lord Chancellor called for full rights of audience for all solicitors from their first day on the Roll, providing they met certain training requirements to […]

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