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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.


Freehills saves NAB from £20bn disaster

Australian law firm believed to have charged £14m in robust defence of bank Freehills has successfully defended the National Australia Bank (NAB) in a claim for A$56bn (£20.2bn) which has gripped the nation. Freehills is believed to have pocketed an estimated A$40m (£14.4m) in legal fees for the defence.NAB was sued by inventor and small […]

Cardiff University selects three for law panel

Edwards Geldard, Eversheds and Martineau Johnson have all won places on Cardiff University’s legal panel. Edwards Geldard and Eversheds are longstanding advisers to the university, but this is the first time that Martineaus has grabbed a place. The appointments are for three years.

Addleshaws tells partners: bill now

Addleshaw Booth & Co’s management is getting tough with its partners over a mounting backlog of billings The firm has proposed to withhold 10 per cent of partners’ monthly drawings from the start of the next financial year if more than 25 per cent of a partner’s annual billings are more than 90 days old. […]

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