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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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Paisners loses head of employment to KLegal

KLegal, the law firm associated with top five accountancy practice KPMG, has poached one of London’s leading employment lawyers. Stephen Levinson, who has been a partner at City firm Paisner & Co for 21 years, is head of employment at the firm. He is the third head of department to join KLegal from a City […]

Hilton Group

Hilton Group’s company secretary and head of legal is very protective of his external lawyers. After a little persuasion, Geoff Chester admits which firms he instructs, although he will not let on which individual lawyers he deals with. The reason? Chester is worried that if names are revealed, others might start instructing them, leaving his […]

Ince & Co appoints new senior partner

Shipping and insurance specialist Ince & Co has appointed a new senior partner as the firm sees the departure of three other partners. Peter Rogan takes the helm of the firm on 1 May, taking over from Richard Sayer, who has been senior partner for five years. Rogan’s promotion coincides with the news that three […]

Witnessing the decline

Since the Woolf reforms were introduced a year ago, the role of the expert witness in civil cases has significantly diminished. Elizabeth Davidson reports on why experts are being phased out of the courtroom. One year on from the most radical reforms of the civil justice system this century, many experts are hanging on by […]

Mishcons settles Hiscox claim

City firm Mishcon de Reya has settled a claim from an insurance syndicate against Anthony Julius. Julius was being accused by insurance syndicate Hiscox of not revealing that he had shares in a company it was paying him to represent. Julius, who was Diana Princess of Wales’ personal lawyer, stood down as managing partner and […]

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