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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.


Charging clients by the hour does not pay

Centuries ago, some lawyer came up with the idea of charging for his services by the hour. At the time, this was probably a novel concept. It seemed to work well enough and it has certainly withstood the test of time. One has to wonder, however, whether hourly billing has outlived its usefulness. In our […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructures global management

As Freshfields reveals its new-look management system, Julia Cahill and Catrin Griffiths report on the rising stars. FRESHFIELDS Bruckhaus Deringer has launched a new structure of global practice heads and an elected partnership council. Global heads for seven practice areas took up their new roles on 1 August. In an attempt to reflect the Anglo-German […]

Manches partners to vote on bonus in bid to boost results…

MANCHES is considering a bonus scheme for its solicitors and some fixed-share partners in a bid to boost results. The scheme is up for approval by Manches’ 48 partners in October. Salaries at the firm were increased by around 20 per cent this year, but the firm’s size remained fairly static during that period. Support […]

Litigator's View

in 1992 Baileys Motor Works contracted with D&K Electronics (which subsequently went out of business) to install a burglar alarm, including the provision of an alarm monitoring service. The monitoring element of the contract was subcontracted to HSS Alarms. That contract included a clause whereby HSS would indemnify D&K for loss resulting from HSS’s negligence, […]


They lined up against the internet upstart. From record company giants under the guise of the Recording Industry Association of America to heavy rockers Metallica, the great, the good and the bad of the music establishment decided that Napster must be stopped. And when a federal judge issued an injunction, it looked like they had […]

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