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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.


Pensions Regulator’s ruling promotes responsible parenting

How Hammonds and Sackers found themselves at the heart of the M&A world. By Margaret Taylor Pensions lawyers are flavour of the month. In June the Pensions Regulator finally awoke from its three-year slumber to take the corporate world by storm. It told Bermuda-based Sea Containers, which owns Sea Container Services, the UK company responsible […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Going down the psycho pathNo matter which way you look at it, Adolf Hitler is not the […]

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 […]

Semple Fraser gears up for remuneration overhaul

Semple Fraser gears up for remuneration overhaul” />Scotland’s Semple Fraser is reviewing its remuneration structure in a bid to attract talent at the top of the equity. The firm operates a modified lockstep that is 80 per cent weighted towards equity, with the remaining 20 per cent based on performance. Partners enter equity on 50 […]

Law firms need to stick their necks out on new trends

Shareholder activism is by no means a new concept. There have been activist funds around for a considerable period of time, although their targets have often been smaller companies struggling to cope with their listed status. City law firms would not traditionally have been a natural place from which such funds would obtain legal advice, […]

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