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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.


Kidd Rapinet on the merger trail again

SIX-partner London commercial practice Steggles Palmer is joining the much larger London and Home Counties firm Kidd Rapinet. Although the move is being described as a merger, it is effectively a takeover by Kidd Rapinet, which has 35 partners operating out of nine offices. The link-up with Steggles came about via an agency. Kidd Rapinet […]

In brief: Goldsmith to head finance review panel

Former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC has been appointed as the new chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. He replaces 39 Essex Street head of chambers Edwin Glasgow QC who retires after completing his five-year term. The panel examines the annual accounts of public and large private companies to see if they comply […]

Crackdown on immigration advisers

THE GOVERNMENT is considering relaxing client confidentiality rules to allow lawyers to report unscrupulous immigration advisers who are preying on the vulnerability of immigrants. A consultation paper is due to be unveiled by the government later this month proposing a regulatory regime for legally qualified and unqualified immigration advisers. There are growing concerns about advisers […]

Acpo sets up unit to define Internet law

A SERIES of confidential meetings is being held between the Internet industry, the police and governmental bodies in a bid to clarify the law on computer crime. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) held the first meeting on 7 November at the Department of Trade and Industry’s Victoria Street offices, with the next meeting […]

A&O partner to Oz

Allen & Overy has lost one of its project finance partners, Andrew Trahair, to Australian firm Clayton Utz. Trahair has left London to join Clayton Utz in its Sydney office. Trahair became a partner at Allen & Overy in 1994 and worked primarily in international project finance deals in power, infrastructure and telecoms. Clayton Utz […]

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