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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.


Mears squares up to 'old guard'

A CRUNCH vote this week on conveyancing threatens to blow apart any semblance of unity within the Law Society Council as it struggles to respond to the clamour for higher fees from the profession. Law Society president Martin Mears says a motion to exclude cut-price conveyancers from the indemnity insurance scheme, to be put before […]

Programme pilots integrated computer systems for law firms

The Coolfin Partnership, the manufacturer of an integrated computer and telecommunications system, is looking for law firms prepared to take part in a pilot programme. The Pan-European Legal Telematics Programme, which was announced in September after three years of research, aims to build common standards for integrating computer and telecommunications services in the legal profession […]

Things to come

The Business Section of the IBA has raised £250,000 to mark its 25th anniversary. It set up an anniversary fund which will be used to support initiatives around the world to further the rule of law, the establishment of an independent legal profession and the practice of business law in emerging democracies. The fund backs […]

In brief: Communications ace for Baker & McKenzie

The communications and multi-media group at Baker & McKenzie has recruited Stephanie Liston from Freshfields. Liston, who is admitted in the UK and US jurisdictions, was a senior lawyer with MCI Communications Corporation before joining Freshfields. She has acted for companies entering and diversifying into the UK and European communications markets and advised MCI in […]

Firm rises to grid challenge

Herbert Smith’s massive task of floating the National Grid reached its conclusion when trading in the privatised utility started on 11 December. The flotation involved at least 35 lawyers, including a dozen partners, in a deal valued at more than £5 billion. Together with related demergers by the regional electricity companies (RECs), it was one […]

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