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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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PLMJ sets up Swiss presence to target HNWI work

Portuguese firm PLMJ has set up a Swiss desk and opened an office in Lausanne in response to increasing amounts of work involving private clients with assets in Switzerland. The initiative is led by partner Nuno Cunha Barnabé, who was recently admitted to practise in the canton of Vaud and is now spending several days a […]

Canada ratifies tax information exchange agreement with BVI

The Canadian government has ratified a tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) with the British Virgin Islands (BVI), paving the way for significant tax benefits for Canadian companies that establish subsidiaries in this jurisdiction. The Canada-BVI TIEA came into force on 11 March 2014… Click on the link below to read the rest of the Conyers […]


BDK’s finance team offers specialised knowledge in banking transactions, capital markets, project finance, derivatives and structured finance products and insolvency and restructuring. BankingOur banking lawyers are experienced with cross-border and syndicated lending, English law loan documentation, local law security agreements and market standard legal opinions. Capital markets and structured productsIn spite of the lack of […]


Employment tribunal rejects ABN Amro lawyer’s racial discrimination claims

The Central London Employment Tribunal has upheld a former ABN Amro lawyer’s unfair dismissal claim against the bank but thrown out her 41 allegations of racial discrimination. Angela Cobbina, formerly a senior lawyer at the UK branch of the Dutch bank, blamed her employer for her miscarriage last year and said she was hounded out […]

NCTM hosts domestic reception prior to annual INTA meeting

In anticipation of the 136th annual meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) — a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks, drawing on 6,600 organisations from 190 countries — set to take place in Hong Kong on 12 May, NCTM Studio Legale Associato will host Italy’s pre-annual meeting at its Milan office. […]

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