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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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When Freeserve was unhappy with Oftel's ruling on BT Openworld, it took the case to the CAT. But was its appeal a success? That depends on which way you look at it, says Robbie Downing

Gateley Wareing converts to LLP

Midlands-based firm Gateley Wareing is set to become a limited-liability partnership (LLP) by 1 September 2003, following the lead of Birmingham giant Wragge & Co, which converted to LLP status at the beginning of the month The firm’s senior partner Michael Ward told The Lawyer that a shift towards LLPs is inevitable for people who […]

Ashursts-Fried Frank: deal was dashed by French revolution

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s Paris office has emerged as the major opposition to the merger with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. The drawn-out talks, which finally ended last week, came up against considerable resistance from Paris, which is headed by corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach. It is believed the office was concerned about integration issues with […]

Money for nothing

The recent spate of ‘golden goodbyes’ has sparked public outrage. Will the furore result in new legislation to curb payoffs to directors who perform badly? Or would that do more harm to business than good? Jon Robins finds out where the law stands When it comes to scoring easy political Bro-wnie points with the public, […]

Gerroff moi office block

Well isn’t Clifford Chance the precious little darling. Tulkinghorn hears that the firm – or more specifically London managing partner Peter Charlton – threw a bit of a wobbler when he found out that Gensler, the architectural firm charged with doing up the Canary Wharf site, had shown some people around the building. Apparently a […]

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