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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.


Dismissal targets: morale booster or sapper?

Low-performance, low-potential employees make up one-tenth of most businesses’ workforces, a statistic that, naturally, has grave implications for UK businesses. Shedding staff, even underperforming staff, in a climate where law firms are desperate to find talent seems, at best, counter-intuitive. Nevertheless, retaining for the sake of retaining damages both the long-term health of the firm […]

ABN Amro wins permission to sell LaSalle

The Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that Dutch bank ABN Amro does not require shareholder approval to sell US arm LaSalle to Bank of America (BoA). The ruling pushes Barclays one step further to having its $80bn (£39.37bn) bid to acquire ABN Amro accepted. Earlier this year (3 May) The Lawyer reported that Dutch investor […]

Sj berwin wins role on kensington sale

SJ Berwin has landed a role advising Elliott Bernard and Sir Stuart Lipton’s Chelsfield Partners on the acquisition of London’s Kensington High Street Commonwealth Institute site for redevelopment. The value of the acquisition has not been disclosed. The deal saw Chelsfield team up with Addison Developments, a company controlled by the site’s freeholder the Ilchester […]

A&O, Freshfields and Linklaters secure Emirates bank merger

Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have scored key roles advising on a Middle Eastern banking mega-merger. Linklaters is advising Emirates Bank International on its merger with National Bank of Dubai, which is being advised by A&O. Under advice from Freshfields, Goldman Sachs is acting as the lead financial adviser to the […]

Bircham expenses blamed for PEP dip

Bircham Dyson Bell has posted a turnover of £31.5m for 2006-07, up 7 per cent from last year’s £30.1m. But average profit per equity partner (PEP) is projected to slump by around 12 per cent, from £310,000 to £270,000. Managing partner Guy Vincent said the results did fall slightly short of expectations, but that the […]

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