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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.



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Freshfields and Slaughters clean up in Hong Kong as privatisation programme launches

UK FIRMS have cashed in on Hong Kong’s first-ever privatisation, putting them at the front of the queue for more work. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May acted on the privatisation of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, the city’s underground rail system. MTR Corporation floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Thursday […]

Slaughters and Freshfields land biggest ever flotation

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have been appointed to work on the Orange initial public offering (IPO). If the deal goes through, it will be one of largest IPOs in the history of equity capital markets. Michael Bon, chairman and chief executive of Orange owner France Telecom, believes it could value the company […]


Morgan Stanley completes $462m (£317.3m) loan for six limited partnerships part-owned by MEPC and Westfield. Morgan Stanley advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Mark Menhennet), MEPC advised by Linklaters, Westfield advised by Nabarro Nathanson.

Denton Wilde Sapte moves on Abu Dhabi

Denton Wilde Sapte is launching an attack on lucrative projects work after being awarded licences to practise in Abu Dhabi and Oman. The firm acquired a presence in both countries through Denton Hall’s purchase of Fox & Gibbons two years ago (The Lawyer, 13 October 1998). The firm has now won licences to practise in […]

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