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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.


World Online

World Online may be doing battle with its investors, but that has not stopped it hooking up with Italian internet operator Tiscali. The £5.9bn deal comes only months after World Online’s much-hyped IPO on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Investors are claiming that the company did not present all the evidence it should have in its […]

Nabarros boosts property finance team

Nabarro Nathanson is attempting to compete on big-ticket property finance work by taking on an in-house investment banker. Laurence Gergel, also a qualified chartered accountant, is joining the firm from RBC Dominion Securities, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, and will arrive later this month to become a director of property finance. […]

Berrymans rocked by six-partner defection

Berrymans Lace Mawer has lost more than half of its Liverpool-based commercial department to a rival North West firm. Brabner Holden Banks Wilson is taking on six equity partners – Sandy Gill, Terry Montague, Andrew Scorah, Neil McBurney, Jacqueline Lloyd and Jeff Gillbanks – who are expected to leave Berrymans by the end of the […]


Unlike undergraduate degrees, vocational courses such as the LPC, BVC and CPE/PgDL are exempt from government subsidy. The LPC can cost as much as £7,025 and the BVC a staggering £8,200. It’s no surprise, then, that funding is one of the most pressing questions facing young lawyers. In a world without subsidy, students have to […]

allied leisure

Just as the Hyder controversy begins to die down, the Takeover Panel is hitting the headlines yet again, this time in connection with Allied Leisure’s sale to Georgica. The contentious issue this time is how more than 50 per cent of fund managers with a stake were able to sell the company to former rival […]

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