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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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The City’s elite take spots on inaugural Prime board

Prime, the first profession-wide scheme aimed at offering quality work experience opportunities to disadvantaged students, has appointed lawyers from some of the City’s top firms to its inaugural board. The board will be chaired by Allen & Overy’s (A&O) senior partner David Morley, who got the ball rolling on Prime when he invited senior lawyers […]

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ABS heralds era of naff law firm titles Excluding a few early movers, the legal industry has mostly taken a wait-and-see approach to the alternative business structure (ABS) regime. However, although the system is barely off the ground The Lawyer has already spotted an alarming trend – one that indicates that the new era of […]

Herbert Smith and Pinsents guide wealth advisers through partnership merger

Herbert Smith and Pinsent Masons have taken lead roles advising on the combination of West End financial advisers James Hambro & Partners and Calkin Pattinson, a merger that sees the latter consumed into Hambro’s partnership. The tie-up between private asset manager Hambro, a nine-partner LLP, and 40-employee limited company Calkin Pattinson, a financial advisory company, […]


Milbank boosts London lev-fin practice with Mayer Brown hire

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has hired a leveraged finance partner from Mayer Brown in London. Neil Caddy, who advises financial institutions on acquisition financings and restructurings, joined Mayer Brown as a partner from Allen & Overy (A&O), where he was an associate, in February 2010 (1 February 2010). Caddy was one of a number […]

Hogan Lovells, Latham advise on Russian bank’s capital markets return

Hogan Lovells and Latham & Watkins have advised on the establishment of a $300m (£191m) European commercial paper (ECP) by Russia’s B&N Bank. The firms also advised on a $40m (£25.5m) issue, the first under the under the ECP scheme, with the deal representing a return to the capital markets by B&N following a hiatus […]

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