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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.


Vinson leads on Swiss sukuk for EnergyMixx renewable energy float

Vinson & Elkins has scooped a role advising on the first sukuk from Swiss renewable energy company EnergyMixx. The sukuk will be used to fund the expansion of EnergyMixx’s European power plants in the renewable sector. Finance partner Ayman Khaleq, who led the Vinson team, said the sukuk is unusual in that it is funding […]

US prepares for desert storm

The Middle East has been a hot region for a good few years now, with many international firms setting up shop in Dubai and its surrounding jurisdictions. There has been a spate of UK firms launching in the region in the past year, including Ashurst, Herbert Smith and Lovells, but not too many US firms […]

Former 9 Park Place chief joins Farrar’s

Cardiff set 9 Park Place’s former head of chambers Ian Murphy QC has been taken on as a tenant at Farrar’s Building. •Cardiff set 9 Park Place’s former head of chambers Ian Murphy QC has been taken on as a tenant at Farrar’s Building. Murphy, who left 9 Park Place at the end of June, […]

Private client and family

After months of headline-grabbing, record-setting divorce cases and discrimination disputes, such as the £48m Charman divorce award, private client and family law still remain in a state of flux. In July the Law Commission revealed recommendations for cohabiting couples who split up, saying they should be given the equivalent rights as divorcing couples, while the […]

Third-party umming and arring

Recent reports have pointed to the fact that third-party litigation funding is finally entering the mainstream of City litigation, with Herbert Smith considering whether to go down that alley. This claim is likely to have shocked some City lawyers, and rightly so, as many of them probably thought they were already working on such funding […]

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