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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.


Land Securities set to review legal advisers

Land Securities’ proposed acquisition of Trillium has raised questions about future legal provision, currently provided by Nabarro Nathanson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer respectively. It is understood that a panel of outsourcing advisers could be set up following the acquisition of Trillium by Land Securities. Since it was formed in 1997 to take on the DSS […]

Collins Stewart

SJ Berwin won the work on Collins Stewart’s £326m IPO because of a previous deal – thanks to corporate partner Graham White, who joined the firm from Dickson Minto last year. Earlier this year, SJ Berwin was invited by the chief executive and chairman (White already had existing relationships with both) to pitch for the […]

Initial public offering

Initial public offering (IPO) of Pearson-owned Spanish group Recoletos. Recoletos advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (John Byrne). Global coordinator and bookrunner Goldman Sachs advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton London (Sebastian Sperber).

Edwards Geldard and Eking Manning merge

Edwards Geldard has expanded its East Midlands presence by merging with Nottingham-based Eking Manning to create a 40-partner firm. The merger follows full-partnership votes in both firms in September and boosts its annual fee income to £15m. Cardiff-based Edwards Geldard first entered the region 11 years ago when it opened in Derby, a move prompted […]


Amvescap in £1.05bn bid for fund managers Perpetual. Amvescap advised by Schroders Salomon Smith Barney, De Guardiola Advisors and Ashurst Morris Crisp. Perpetual advised by Merrill Lynch, Cazenove and Simmons & Simmons (Mark Curtis, Grant Macpherson, Adrian Mayer, Jacqueline Petts, Marcus Young)

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