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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.


Kirkpatrick axes lockstep as guarantee period ends

The London end of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham is ditching its modified lockstep system at the beginning of next year when the two-year integration period for the UK firm comes to an end. At the time of the 1 January 2005 merger of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Nicholson Graham & Jones, both parties agreed […]

Lovells hangs on to Terra Firma with landmark securitisation

Lovells has maintained its relationship with private equity house Terra Firma to advise on a landmark securitisation, even though the firm lost the original partner on the deal to Clifford Chance. A Lovells team consisting of London and German lawyers acted for Terra Firma on a E5.4bn (£3.69bn) commercial mortgage-backed securitisation (CMBS), the biggest deal […]

Computer gains

New learning tools can offer an enhanced experience for students, but they should be used with caution, says Peter Crisp E-learning is now a key feature of the legal education landscape. The term ‘e-learning’ is a catch-all one, used to cover anything from searching the internet to an MBA programme delivered entirely online. Even the […]

Paul Weiss swoops for Shearman finance chief

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has poached Shearman & Sterling’s structured finance chief for its New York office. Robert Zochowski joins Paul Weiss as a partner in its finance group. His practice focuses on complex structured finance and securitisation transactions, with a particular focus on assets such as films, patent royalties, and energy. He […]

Burness reinstates managing partner role

Burness has ended a period of almost four years without a managing partner, introducing a complete new management structure. The Scottish firm has appointed Ian Wattie to the reinstated position of managing partner following a contested election last month. The firm has had no managing partner since the exit of Alan Stewart in 2002. Burness […]

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