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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.


Herbies scoops JC Flowers bid for Northern Rock

JC Flowers has confounded expectations by turning to Herbert Smith for advice on its approach to beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock. Corporate partner Anthony Macaulay is reportedly leading the Herbert Smith team for the US private equity house, which is yet to make a concrete offer for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer client Northern Rock, although it […]

Bond Pearce

Bond Pearce’s managing partner Victor Tettmar intends to harness the growth in the renewable energy sector to pull the firm out of a period of unrest Bond Pearce” />Name: Victor Tettmar Title: Managing partner Firm: Bond Pearce Turnover: £43.5m Number of lawyers: 257 Victor Tettmar’s CV Education: 1979-82: Manchester University, LLB 1982-83: College of Law, […]

Quadrant raids 4-5 Gray’s for banking trio

Quadrant Chambers has raided 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square for a trio of barristers as it ramps up its banking and financial services practice for the expected influx of work following the credit crunch. The set has recruited derivatives specialist Tom O’Riordan, who, before joining 4-5 Gray’s Inn, worked as external counsel for Cadwalader Wickersham & […]

A&O and Shearman close £3.4bn SAP takeover

A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters. Allen & Overy (A&O), Bredin Prat and Jones Day are advising German-headquartered business software provider SAP on its €4.8bn (£3.4bn) approach for French rival Business Objects. A&O is advising its longstanding client on German and US […]


Freshfields wins Bloxham age case…

…but Tribunal finds the magic circle firm proportionately discriminating in its handling of former partner Peter Bloxham. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been found to have been proportionate in its controversial pension reforms that sparked a £4.5m age claim by former partner Peter Bloxham. The Central London Employment Tribunal today handed down a judgment that found […]

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