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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.


Olswang fills Berwin Leighton’s shoes for Lloyds venture work

Olswang has completed its first-ever deal for private equity house Lloyds TSB Development Capital. The retail bank’s private equity arm is one of several corporate finance houses that have defected from Berwin Leighton, along with partners Chris Mackie and Fabrizio Carpanini. Both joined Olswang as partners in February this year (The Lawyer, 22 November 1999). […]

Nauta Dutilh

Nauta Dutilh chairman Henri Ophof has resigned along with managing partner Job van der Have. Both leave the firm less than a year after the elections, citing personal differences as the reason for their departures. Van der Have was re-elected as managing partner, but Ophof did not stand, and was replaced by Johan van Marwijk-Kooj, […]


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)


Russia Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Moscow; opened 1994; managing partner Melissa Schwartz; 13 lawyers Allen & Overy Moscow; opened 1993; managing partner Calvin Walker; 18 lawyers Andersen Legal Moscow; opened 1997; managing partner Trevor Link; 56 lawyers St Petersburg (see above) Baker & McKenzie Moscow; opened 1989; managing partner Max Gutbrod; 30 lawyers […]


Pillar Property and Equitable Life Assurance Society convert their limited partnership into Jersey-based institutional unit trust. Pillar Property advised by Gouldens (David Roberts and Tom Budd). Equitable Life advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Nichola West).

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