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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.


The royal victor

Robert Mendick meets the man who helped settle two important disputes… one for a princess and one for a king. Eyes sparkle behind thick-framed spectacles, his body hunched up in a grand office chair that dwarfs his diminutive frame. A photograph of Princess Diana sits proudly on a book case, perched over his left shoulder. […]

: While Carter-Ruck revamps its image

Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners has treated itself to a new look with a redesigned logo and letterhead. The firm is using the design launch to raise its profile in areas of law other than defamation, for which it is best known. Partner Alasdair Pepper says: “It is part of an ongoing process of looking at […]

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 […]

Authority finds it's not so good to talk

THE POWER of anti-pollution authorities to wage war on polluters has taken a knock as a result of a High Court ruling in the case of R v Falmouth and Truro Port Health Authority ex parte South West Water. Lawyers who acted in the case say Mr Justice Harrison’s ruling will curb authorities’ powers to […]

In brief: Walker Morris

Walker Morris has poached Eversheds partner David Kilduff to head its public sector and PFI department. Kilduff has been at Eversheds for four years where he led a team of 20 lawyers, most recently in a £500m limited recourse project funded integrated waste management deal for Hereford and Worcester councils – the largest ever PFI […]

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