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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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Celtic uprising

Ireland The “Celtic tiger” is still roaring. Or so it seems for Irish law firms both north and south of the border. According to everybody in the industry, there is no let-up in the work and the pressure is now on the individual firms to keep up with the pace of demand. The main effect […]

Harris & Cartwright win record damages for accident victim

The record pay-out – understood to be the second highest for personal injury ever awarded in England – was made to an American who was brain damaged in a collision with a minibus driven by a man without a license. The damages win comes just a year after Slough-based Harris & Cartwright won the highest […]

Government

Government of the Sultanate of Oman closes third independent power project with AES Barka in joint venture with Multitech LLC. The Government of the Sultanate of Oman advised by Denton Wilde Sapte (Christopher McGee-Osborne). AES Barka, a local subsidiary of the AES Corporation, and Multitech LLC advised by Shearman & Sterling (Nigel Thompson).

MoFo hires two lawyers for DC office

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is taking on two government lawyers to boost its Washington DC financial services practice. Barbara Wellbery, who is counsel to the undersecretary for electronic commerce and head of the electronic commerce task force in the International Trade Administration, is joining the firm as a partner. At the same […]

Jargon busting – the A to Z of new media

Ireland E: For some it is a harmless recreational pastime; for some it is a mind-expanding experience; for some it is a dangerous hallucinogenic that has swept the country dulling minds, creating obsessions and undermining traditional hierarchies; for some it is a costly craze, and for others a goldmine. Undoubtedly, E or e has become […]

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