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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.


BoE drops Freshfields over Northern Rock

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was dumped by its oldest client the Bank of England after it chose to advise beleaguered mortgage lender Northern Rock. The magic circle firm has been advising Northern Rock as a potential target, but was also advising the Bank of England on its dealings with the mortgage lender as recently as 18 […]

HBJ partner arrested over stolen Da Vinci painting

HBJ Gateley Wareing’s Glasgow office was rocked last week when corporate partner Calum Jones was arrested on charges of conspiracy to rob and extort money. The lawyer was arrested on Thursday (4 October) and appeared in court the following day, after a raid organised to recover a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting. The painting, Madonna […]

City delegation heads to Beijing on AIM quest

City lawyers are flying to Beijing in an attempt to convince Chinese regulators to relax obstacles it is feared will stop Chinese companies listing on AIM. A delegation of high-level City lawyers is flying to Beijing in an attempt to convince Chinese regulators to relax recently laid obstacles it is feared will stop Chinese companies […]

Trouble at the top

The Companies Act has placed greater weight on directors’ liability in shareholder claims. Anthony Menzies reports on how the D&O insurance market is set for a boon As in so many things, the leading market for directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance protection historically has been the US, where directors of publicly quoted companies can expect […]

Lessons in investment

The Legal Services Bill has paved the way for law firms to raise external capital. Whether this external investment comes from private equity or an IPO is up for grabs. Although this landscape may be new for lawyers, for other professional service sectors, such as accountants, it is not. So what lessons can be learned […]

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