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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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w Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from Lovells, has extensive experience working for both public and private sector clients. Wedlake Bell has appointed planning law specialist Susan Hawker to its property team. Hawker, who joins as a senior assistant from […]

Withholding a grudge

Slaughter and May has worked some magic with Goldman Sachs. It is not every law firm that can act against a powerful US investment bank on über-hostile bids such as Six Continents and Marks & Spencer (M&S) and yet still get lucrative referrals from the same source. On the M&S bid, the retailer’s chief executive […]

Henderson Boyd beats rivals to five-year BT legal bonanza

Scottish mid-sizer Henderson Boyd Jackson (HBJ) has scooped five rival firms to win a five-year contract for all of BT’s legal work north of the border. The competitive tender completed in October, with the firm officially beginning work for BT on November. BT would not comment on the five firms that took part in the […]

Mediation puts paid to two major film finance disputes

Teams of lawyers have been left with empty diaries after two film finance cases – widely believed to be two of the largest of 2005 – have settled. Both would have taken up around 50 weeks of Commercial Court time and the lawyers involved would have collectively earned a similar sum to the £50m at […]

Under pressure

LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome The move to limited liability partnership (LLP) status for UK law firms is gathering pace. The pressure for change is being driven not just by a desire to move away from unlimited personal […]

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