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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.


Nabarro Nathanson (Susan McKenna) advised London Development Agency

to complete a development agreement with Development Securities for the phased £500m development of the Royal Business Park at the Royal Albert Dock in London. Development Securities advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Anne Byrne, Robert Finch).

Dechert advised Chamarel Associates

on a £115.8m syndicated facility underwritten by Halifax and Nationwide Building Society, advised by Rowe & Maw (Nigel Walsh).Slaughter and May advised Shire Pharmaceuticals Group on a $350m ($240.7m) issue of convertible bonds, with lead managers Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Ashar Qureshi).

Top CC HK partner to join Eversheds

Eversheds has achieved a major feat as it takes on a leading financial services partner from Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong office. Jonathon Crook will be joining Eversheds on his return from Hong Kong where he will divide his time between the financial services group in London and the commercial litigation team in Manchester.Crook has advised […]

Lewis Silkin takes on head of legal from major client TBWA

Lewis Silkin has poached the head of legal of one of its major clients, advertising and marketing agency TBWA. Crown is moving after only a short career at TBWA, having joined the advertising agency – which also counts Cadbury, Nissan and News International among its clients – in 2000. It is not clear if he […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer and I have entered that school reunion website, taking over office web space like Japanese knotweed, although it meant creating a whole new email address for him, as I’d logged on first, and he had to use his school nickname, which was Speccy. Poor lad.What I found, when I logged on to the […]

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