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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.


The Leader Column

You get the impression that Simpson Thacher & Bartlett partners are a patient bunch. After three years of wooing pretty much every finance partner in the magic circle it finally got its man with the hire of Allen & Overy’s Euan Gorrie. With its US acquisition finance franchise, Simpson Thacher has always been more open […]

PR – your number's up

It’s great fun being a managing partner, as it seems all one’s little eccentricities can go unchecked. Take this unnamed example, who runs a large City firm, and plays games of ‘management bingo’ to amuse himself in meetings. His game involves first learning every example of management doublespeak, such as ‘proactive blue sky thinking’ or […]

High Court judge shuns Clayton Rule

A landmark High Court judgment has seriously eroded an almost 200-year-old rule determining the way solicitors’ client accounts are broken up by the courts Last week, Mr Justice Lindsay ruled that funds in client accounts should be pooled equally among creditors, instead of using the controversial Clayton Rule, which originated in 1816 and has been […]

Knight & Sons

After joining Lovells’ Prudential panel, Knights shouldn’t look back Midlands-based Knight & Sons is in the final stages of negotiation with Lovells to join its panel of subcontractors for major client Prudential Property Investment Managers (The Lawyer, 9 October). It will give the 18-partner firm access to a legal spend that runs into millions of […]

EU provides e7m for Palestinian judiciary Europe, US get closer on merger legislation

Unlike Israel and the US, the EU appears to have kept faith with the Palestinian Authority, with the European Commission (EC) spending e7m (£4.5m) on supporting its judicial reforms Brussels’ decision follows a new law guaranteeing the judiciary’s independence, which the aid will reinforce.EU money will fund: systematic training; new procedural laws; improved working conditions, […]

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