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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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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 […]

Separated at birth

Is it Ant or is it Dec? What fun the world has had over the last few years playing that ‘which one is it?’ game with everybody’s favourite diminutive Geordie TV presenter double act. In fact, it’s neither. The smiling cheeky chappy at the head of the page is none other than Tim Pugh, planning […]

Harmony in too deep as legal costs on Gold Fields takeover spiral

Harmony, the South African company embroiled in a £3.5bn hostile takeover battle for mining rival Gold Fields, is facing major overruns on its shoestring legal and other advisory budgets. Harmony, the South African company embroiled in a £3.5bn hostile takeover battle for mining rival Gold Fields, is facing major overruns on its shoestring legal and other advisory budgets. When the company published its original […]

US firm completes Taiwan merger

The Taipei office of Seattle-based litigation boutique Preston Gates & Ellis has merged with Taiwan Commercial Law Offices (TCLO), with effect from 1 January 2005. The combined office, which will include 20 lawyers will be headed up jointly by TCLO managing partner Christina Yang and Preston Gates partner James Chen. Commenting on the merger Yang […]

Corporate deals round-up

Lovells (Simon MacDonagh, Richard Stones, Rachel Kent) advised ING Group on an agreement to sell the portfolio business of Baring Asset Management. US-based MassMutual Financial Group is buying Baring’s investment management business, including €26bn (£13.51bn) of assets under management, while Chicago’s Northern Trust Corp will buy its financial services group. MassMutal advised by Slaughter and […]

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