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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.


It's been a bad week for…

Lawyers hoping to make use of email records to prove dodgy activity. Executives looking to cover their tracks have seen a preview of a new product that can make a company’s email simply disappear. Corporate managers can use the technology developed by Disappearing Inc to set up email policies on company networks that routinely destroy […]

Ex-Weightmans chief probes insurance firms

Top insurance companies such as Norwich Union and Axa are using the services of Weightmans’ former chief executive to investigate possible overcharging by their panel law firms for bulk litigation work. Professor Martin Read left Weightmans in July 1998 after just 18 months and set up his own consultancy, providing auditing services to clients. Read […]

Trainees' minimum salary set to rise

At Thursday’s council meeting, members will consider a recommendation that from August 1 2000, the minimum wage for central London be raised from £12,150 to £13,600, with a Council recommended salary of £14,600. The Training Contract Review Group also recommends that the minimum level should be increased from £10,850 to £12,000 with a Council recommended […]

Case of the week

Mr Justice Hooper took the unusual step of lifting the anonymity normally applied to women who make accusations of rape after a jury found Lynn Walker had made up allegations that a colleague had raped her. Walker now faces a bill of £500,000. The judge’s ruling in the defamation action came after an application by […]

BP Amoco

In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco – believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover. The deal put BP Amoco at the very top of the energy market, but the company’s next attempt to build on its already substantial market […]

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