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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.



Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Hoare Govett Corporate Finance in the private placing by Axis Genetics of £5 million worth of shares to fund further research and development. Axis was represented by Garrett & Co.

Appeal judges to work unpaid

Court of Appeal judges are to work unpaid at least two extra hours a week for the next six months in an attempt to clear a backlog of 1,000 applications for leave to appeal. Lord Woolf, the Master of the Rolls, is keen to reduce the backlog by next summer when the results of a […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 03/12/96

Prisoners had no legitimate expectation of home leave R v (1) Secretary of State for the Home Department (2) The Governor of HM Risley ex parte (1) Briggs, (2) Green and (3) Hargeaves (1996) Summary: No infringement of a legitimate expectation or breach of the European Convention on Human Rights by changes in the rules […]


Allen & Overy advised a number of banks which recently provided Granada Group with a new £740 million syndicated credit facility. Lovell White Durrant advised Granada.


Halliwell Landau acted for DIY retailer the Limelight Group on its £175m Stock Exchange flotation. Halliwells claims it is the largest deal this year for law firms in the North West.

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