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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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Dundas & Wilson quits the Andersen network

Andersen Legal member Dundas & Wilson has begun formal talks to pull out of the network. The firm issued a press statement last Wednesday saying that it had “begun negotiations with Garretts, Andersen Legal and Andersen with a view to agreeing an amicable and orderly withdrawal by Dundas & Wilson from the network of law […]

Greenwoods boosts PI with Barlows and Taylor Joynson raids

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and Taylor Joynson Garrett have been plundered by insurance defendant litigation firm Greenwoods.Both firms have lost senior practitioners to the City upstart as Greenwoods boosts its personal injury practice. Malcolm Henke and Stephen Howcroft have left Barlows, while Graham Briggs and Tim Wain have defected from Taylor Joynson.Managing clerk Henke, who […]

Innogy in-housers survive takeover

The in-house legal department at FSTE 100 utilities giant Innogy will remain intact following the takeover by German conglomerate RWE. The company’s most senior lawyer Mike Bowden will also retain his place on the board.Bowden, the company secretary and managing director of corporate services, was appointed to the board in February, just a month before […]

Claims Direct cuts back on law firms

Claims Direct is planning an overhaul of its panel law firms. The personal injury (PI) claims service has decided to reduce the number of firms it instructs as part of a reorganisation and cost-cutting exercise.At one time Claims Direct had around 350 law firms on its panel; now there is an interim panel of around […]

Bad Company

White collar crime may not be victimless, but it can be faceless. Steven Francis and Neil Gerrard investigate

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