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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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Balfour Beatty wins Hatfield crash appeal

The Court of Appeal has this morning (5 July) reduced the fine imposed on railway company Balfour Beatty for health and safety breaches leading to the Hatfield rail crash. Temple firm Fisher Scoggins, instructing 5 Paper Buildings’ Jonathan Caplan QC, appealed on Balfour Beatty’s behalf against the £10m fine ordered by Mr Justice Mackay in […]

Boodle Hatfield boosts private client team

Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its private client and tax team with the appointment of litigator Sofie Hoffman. Hoffman joins the firm’s contentious trusts and probate team from the legal services department of Lloyd’s of London. Hoffman joined Lloyd’s in 2001 from Allen & Overy‘s specialist trust, asset-tracing and fraud claims group, a part of the […]

LeBoeuf raises NQ salaries in London to match US peers

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has matched other US firms in London by raising its newly qualified (NQs) salary to £75,000. The US firm has raised its NQ salary by £10,000 on its previous rate, and increased trainee salaries up from £33,000 and £37,000 for first and second years to £36,000 and £39,000 respectively. This […]

Warning signs

The make-up of company creditors is ever-evolving and the legal implications must be considered carefully, say Swati Patel and Mark Fennessy The European loans market has undergone significant changes in recent years. All-time low default rates in the past couple of years have pushed non-bank financial institutions into new areas in order to extract value […]

White & Case wins Arcelor financing role

White & Case has won the instruction to advise the lead arrangers providing the financing of Mittal Steel’s EUR26.9bn acquisition of rival Arcelor. The deals will be financed through a EUR10.8bn syndicated loan, one of the biggest European deals of recent years. The loan consists of a EUR5bn and a EUR2.8bn acquisition line. The remainder […]

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