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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.


O’Melveny boosts private equity with Linklaters hire

O’Melveny & Myers is continuing its attack on the UK private equity market with the hire of Linklaters corporate tax partner Jan Birtwell. Birtwell, a ‘national’ or salaried partner in Linklaters’ London office since 2001, is joining O’Melveny’s equity partnership in early 2005. The hire is a further fillip for O’Melveny’s growing private equity practice, […]

ABN Amro loses inhouser to Nomura

ABN Amro’s global head of legal of global equity derivatives has quit the Dutch investment bank to join Nomura in a non-legal role. Sanjeev Joshi is leaving ABN at the end of January to join the Japanese investment bank to take up a front office position. ABN’s wholesale clients, strategic business unit global legal head, […]

Blackstone gifts CC first-time instruction on care home deal

Clifford Chance has sealed its first major UK deal for Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP), advising on the private equity firm’s recommended bid for care home business NHP. The magic circle firm secured the instruction thanks partly to a conflict at Ashurst, which was advising the target, NHP. Ashurst declined to comment, but it is understood […]

Hunton & Williams: staying ahead of the AIM game

Hunton has joined the US AIM drive, but it has a secret weapon in Martin Thomas. By Husnara Begum London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is attracting a new generation of adviser these days. As the junior bourse continues to outperform its older brother, a number of larger City firms, historically associated with the full list, […]

Freshfields’ finance lawyers get their hands dirty in Africa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sent members of its finance team to South Africa in the autumn to build houses for the poor of Durban’s townships. Four years ago, Freshfields decided to focus its corporate responsibility programme on homelessness and education in an effort to internationalise the firm’s charitable efforts. The charity Habitat For Humanity International was […]

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