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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.


Solomon Wifa

O’Melveny and SJ Berwin join Burness on Lloyds’ £1bn private equity sell-off

O’Melveny & Myers and SJ Berwin led alongside Scottish firm Burness on Lloyds Banking Group’s sale of £1.05bn of private-equity assets to secondary specialist Coller Capital. Coller, the UK private equity group run by Jeremy Coller, acquired the investment portfolio for a fee of approximately £1.03bn, in one of the largest European secondary transactions to […]

Bill Drummond

Scotland: big four into two

Office launches and mergers as Scottish firms battle a flat market The last financial year was one of significant change for the Scottish practices in The Lawyer’s UK 200 listing, with one firm being taken out by merger while others sought to consolidate their positions through office launches. Meanwhile, further change came in the guise […]


Bindmans and Leigh Day fail to convince court on ‘right to die’ cases

Bindmans and Leigh Day & Co have today lost joined up cases on the ‘right to die’ and assisted suicide after a judge ruled that it was the role of parliament to consider changes to the law. In the High Court Lord Justice Toulson, Mr Justice Royce and Mrs Justice Macur rejected challenges to the […]


Yahoo! hands general counsel role to company veteran

Long-standing Yahoo! lawyer and temporary general counsel Ron Bell has been handed the top legal role on a permanent basis with immediate effect. The promotion comes after former general counsel Mike Callahan resigned from the position after nearly 13 years at the company (3 July 2012), leaving Bell, formerly deputy general counsel for products and […]

US quartet says cheese to Carlyle’s $3.3bn Getty purchase

Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all snapped up roles advising on the Carlyle Group’s acquisition of Getty Images from US private equity rival Hellman & Friedman. Carlyle’s successful $3.3bn (£2.1m) bid for the photo and video distributor sees the private equity buyer take […]

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