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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.


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 […]

Kon Asimacopoulos

Clifford Chance, Freshfields and Kirkland seal Travelodge debt deal

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kirkland & Ellis have advised on a deal to reduce Travelodge’s debt by transferring control of the hotel chain to three investors. Clifford Chance restructuring partner Mark Hyde is leading for Travelodge on the process, which today saw a deal agreed to pass ownership in the company from private […]


K&L Gates eyes tie-up with Australia’s Middletons

US firm K&L Gates is the latest firm to set its sights on the Australian market with a proposed combination with Australian firm Middletons on the cards. K&L Gates and Middletons have confirmed that they are in discussions regarding a possible combination. The discussions have been underway for several months with formal proposals expected to […]

Catrin Griffiths

The new Establishment

In an Olympics season where the world has become obsessed with competitive rankings, it’s fitting that this week we’re running a sneak preview of The Lawyer UK200 Annual Report. I In the full report, published next month, you’ll be able to see granular analyses of firms’ performances, but there’s so much material we have decided […]


Debt heat

Iceland faces a politically charged court showdown over compensation after the country’s banking crash, but it claims the EC should not be involved Next month (18 September) the Icelandic government’s battle with the European Free Trade Association Surveillance Authority (EFTASA) will come to a head in Luxembourg, with the first hearing in the dispute over […]

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