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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.


Buy and buy

ome firms are shopping for others like there’s no tomorrow It is a buyers market out there, with M&A topping the agenda of many firms. Take Manchester-headquartered Linder Myers, which completed one acquisition and two mergers in just 24 hours last week. The firm is keeping schtum about how much it paid to buy SNG […]

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Tequila sunrise

Mexico is becoming a land of opportunity and lawyers from all over the world are looking at ways to get a piece of the action In brief Mexico, like its neighbours in South America, is an economy where lawyers are still seeing opportunities. Foreign direct investment work and tourism are two booming sectors which are […]


Linklaters and Uría take jobs as bankrupt Schlecker sells Iberian units

Linklaters and Uría Menéndez have landed the lead roles as Spanish discount supermarket Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación (Dia) acquired bankrupt German pharmacy chain Schlecker’s Spanish and Portuguese arms. Linklaters ” height=”150″ src=”/Pictures/web/i/x/r/Linklaters_4_15_150.jpg” width=”150″ /> The deal, currently valued at €70.5m (£56.6m), will see Dia, one of the world’s largest discount supermarket chains, further expand its […]

Walkers expands practice reach with hires from Mayer Brown, Proskauer

Offshore firm Walkers is strengthening its Dublin office with the launch of insolvency and derivatives teams led by hires from the London offices of Mayer Brown and Proskauer Rose. Mayer Brown senior associate Aaron McGarry has joined the firm, also as a senior associate, to develop a niche derivatives practice in Dublin. McGarry will sit […]

Arendt becomes first Benelux firm to open in Moscow

Luxembourg firm Arendt & Medernach has launched a Moscow office in response to an increasing demand for Luxembourg products from Russian clients. The firm is setting up a small representative office in the Russian capital and will practise Luxembourg law. The office will be headed by finance partner Max Kremer and will also be staffed […]

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