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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.


Case of the week

He has invited more hatred, abuse, parodies and custard pies than most incredibly rich men and now, according to some, he has met his nemesis in the form of the US government. Bill Gates faces the prospect of watching his company split up as punishment for running foul of US anti-trust legislation. As expected, a […]

Hengeler woos Deutsche bank senior counsel

Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz – Slaughter and May‘s “best friend” in Germany – has hired a senior counsel from Deutsche Bank. Wolfgang Gross signed a partnership agreement with Hengeler to start work at its Frankfurt office this month. But he was immediately sent on secondment to the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, […]

The art of giving expert evidence

The court is a daunting place for the uninitiated. Gerry Lagerberg provides survival tips for the first-time expert witness. Gerry Lagerberg is a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers dispute analysis and investigations practice. Lawyers and expert witnesses often have common objectives in a case but there are some major differences in their courtroom priorities. These should be […]


Regular readers will remember that last month I said how easy legal journalism was – you just sit in court and write down what people say. Technology has moved on and the job is now even easier. Four weeks ago I mentioned the unsolicited email I received from the head of litigation at a City […]

Dibbs drops name for Euro brand

Dibb Lupton Alsop has changed its name to DLA, dropping the names of its founding partners. The decision is part of a move by Dibbs to grow closer to the European network which operates under the banner of DLA & Partners. Nigel Knowles, managing partner, says: “The name change to DLA is entirely consistent with […]

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