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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.


Litigation Writs 3/5/99

An East Sussex man is taking the Home Office to the High Court, accusing it of failing to honour promises to pay compensation to gun owners who surrendered guns as a result of laws introduced after the Dunblane massacre. Roger Baker, of Hurstwood, has issued a writ seeking up to u100,000. He accuses the Home […]

ADR groups slam mediation-arbitration first

The UK’s first joint arbitration and mediation company has been launched amid protests from rivals that the market faces saturation. The Centre for Business Arbitration, based in Lincoln’s Inn and using the services of 51 barristers, opened its doors last week for arbitration and mediation across a range of professions. Company director Reziya Harrison, a […]

A&O internal promotions fall as firms go on partner spree

Allen & Overy’s summer promotions to partnership has dropped by 10 this year to 17 new internal partners. But the firm says the fall in internal candidate promotions is offset by the increase in lateral hires – it says 35 partners have been appointed internationally and in the UK since August 1998. This figure includes […]

Partners on the move…

Jeremy de Souza, who has been the lead tax specialist at London law firm Farrer & Co for 25 years, is moving to White & Bowker, based in Winchester, at the beginning of May. A specialist in property taxation, de Souza is the general editor of Land Taxation. Gouldens has announced the appointment of three […]

Garretts reeling after flurry of top brass resignations

GarretTS is reeling after losing its senior partner, two department heads and a partner – three of whom are joining Addleshaw Booth & Co. Sean Lippell, Leeds senior partner and former Northern managing partner at the Arthur Andersen associate firm, quit last week to become senior corporate finance partner at Addleshaws. Garretts’ head of corporate, […]

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