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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.



White & Case advised the Hungarian government on a $US500m global bond issue – the first by a central European country and the largest dollar-denominated issue by the Hungarian government. Partners Maureen Brundage (New York) and Michal Dlouhy (Prague) led the transaction.

Lovells boosts property dept with new partners

Lovell White Durrant is continuing to bolster its commercial property department with a second injection of partner appointments. Andrew Sanders, a partner in the property services department at DJ Freeman, and Dion Panambalana, property partner at Nabarro Nathanson, are joining after two other partners were recruited to the department earlier this year. Nicholas Cheffings joined […]

Cartoon makers go in hard over soft toys claim

Roger Pearson reports that the makers of the hit series South Park hope to have the last laugh in a complaint over dolls. The cast of the hit cartoon South Park is to go on trial at the High Court later this month. But the characters in the dock will be soft toys. The companies […]

Retreat from Moscow

Moscow’s expatriate lawyer community has been a hotbed of rumour for months. Lawyers swapped stories, and calls to practices in the city threw up half a dozen tales of sackings, closures and firms in their death throes. Yet until recently little tangible evidence had emerged to indicate how the major firms were dealing with the […]

LAB boss backs Bar over contract pay

Legal Aid boss Steve Orchard has reassured barristers they are likely to be paid direct under the Government’s block contracting proposals. In what the Legal Aid Board (LAB) called “a speculative speech”, Orchard told last week’s Legal Aid Contracting conference that he saw “no difficulty” in continuing present pay methods under the Access to Justice […]

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