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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 bar goes public about human rights

With the forthcoming Human Rights Act practitioners working in the public law sector are gearing up for a boom in business. Emma D’Souza reports on the effects of the act on the bar on how it is preparing for the future There is a noticeable increase in movement at the bar and many sets have […]


Without a doubt the media sector has been hit harder than any other by the dotcom revolution. The recent contradictory US and UK rulings on whether an internet service provider (ISP) is a publisher or message carrier illustrates the need for external advisers to be able to handle the shifting and often inconsistent positions in […]

Barclays plans global panel as part of review

Barclays Bank is planning to introduce a global legal panel in the next stage of its review. The panel will be reviewed again in three years. In the meantime the bank will begin addressing its international legal requirements. Barclays projects and operations director Desmond O’Connell says: “In due course we would like to establish a […]


Eversheds advised Actinic on its flotation on the TechMark market of the Official List. The placing is expected to raise £25m. Eversheds corporate partners David Stevenson and Jill Lawton led a team of eight on the deal.

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