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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.


Pinsents moves to quell staff concerns over career issues

Pinsent Masons staff have delivered a rebuke to the firm’s management after survey results revealed a significant proportion of respondents were confused about the promotion process and felt detached from the business. One year on from the merger, Pinsents conducted a staff satisfaction survey, which around half of the firm completed. Of the 700 responses, […]

CC revenues set to top £1bn

Clifford Chance’s revenues are set to break through the £1bn barrier this year in preliminary figures released by the firm. The figure would be a rise of at least nine per cent on last year’s fee income of £914m. Meanwhile, partners at the top of the lockstep are expected to earn at least £850,000, up […]

Herbies bags UK’s first REIT

Herbert Smith has secured the first mandate to advise on the creation of a real estate investment trust (REIT), acting for long-standing client Hammerson. Hammerson has announced it would make the conversion in January following favourable announcements in Gordon Brown’s budget earlier this year, making it the first major UK listed property company to signal […]

Deals roundup

Freshfields plays part in creation of mobile giant Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, New York-based Dewey Ballantine and South African firm Webber Wentzel Bowens all advised in mobile phone giant MTN’s $5.52bn (£3.01bn) acquisition of Investcom – a deal creating the largest mobile phone operator in Africa and the Middle East. Based in South Africa, MTN has […]

Simmons finance pitch wins over Bear Stearns

Simmons & Simmons has won a competitive pitch to advise Bear Stearns on its European structured capital markets business. The appointment will see Simmons advise on all aspects of Bear Stearns’ capital markets business, including securitised equity and credit and fixed-income derivatives. Jeremy Hoyland, head of Simmons’ financial markets department and the Bear Stearns relationship […]

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