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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.


A new era for litigation?

There are international litigation practices and then there are “international” litigation practices. Herbert Smith is one firm intent on reinforcing its international disputes reach (see last week’s blog). Meanwhile, Eversheds, which created an international dispute management role for partner John Heaps last year (see story), is only just starting to prise open the treasure chest […]

Onside Law

Onside Law is expanding, but the sports, fashion and media boutique has no plans to turn itself into one of the giants with which it is increasingly competing. Later this month the firm hopes to bring in a new lawyer – its seventh.

Sumption coy over Supreme Court role

Brick Court Chambers has batted off speculation that Jonathan Sumption QC is reducing his workload, insisting that he is taking time out to concentrate on the next volume of his book.

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