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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.


Thomas Eggar creates construction unit

South East firm Thomas Eggar has launched a standalone construction and engineering unit. It will be based in the Reigate office and will be headed up by Mark Clinton, who will relocate from London. Litigation partner John Kittow will also work with the unit.

Freshfields set for RBS coup on GUS refinance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer looks well placed to advise Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) if, as expected, the bank opts for a securitisation to refinance the Barclay brothers’ acquisition of GUS’s home shopping division. Newly made up partner Flora McClean advised RBS on acquisition finance for the £590m deal. It is likely that the bank debt […]

Land of trusts

Cayman Islands trusts are becoming increasingly popular and more complex. Grant Stein and Elisa Gatti give the lowdown on the different types of trusts and their main uses There is a growing trend for Cayman Islands trusts to be used in commercial transactions, not just as a standalone vehicles, but also as part of complex […]

Ozannes given all-clear over conflict of interests

Appeal Court ruling echoes Koch v Richards Butler; Ozannes speaks out for client freedom of choice Allegations of conflicts of interest against Guernsey law firm Ozannes have been thrown out in a landmark action with parallels to the famous Prince Jefri and Koch Shipping litigation cases in London. Rival firm Babbe Le Pelley Tostevin alleged […]

Judges to be used as witnesses in Judge Blackie trial

Fergie Blackie, the retired judge arrested in Zimbabwe last year for allegedly attempting to ‘defeat the course of justice’, is facing trial at the end of this month. Judge Blackie’s trial is set for 30 June in the Harare Magistrates’ Court. The state is likely to call three other judges as witnesses. The UN has […]

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