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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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Addleshaws’ Theodore Goddard veteran quits firm

Finance and projects division managing partner Nigel West is leaving Addleshaw Goddard, signalling the end of an era for former Theodore Goddard lawyers at the firm. West, who was chief operating officer of Theodore Goddard, has decided to leave the firm to pursue a career in teaching, leaving Addleshaws with one less management veteran from […]

Fluffy pandas versus sweaty wrestlers

The long-running fight over the initials ‘WWF’ touches even the most cynical lawyers. The pandas won round one and two of the fight, establishing that the wrestlers had infringed their trademark name and that damages were in order. But the wrestlers gave them a black eye in the Court of Appeal recently, endangering their chances […]

McGrigors boosts turnover by a quarter

McGrigors has posted half-year results that reveal a 25 per cent growth in fee income compared with the same period last year. The results coincide with an increase in merger-related market rumours surrounding the Scottish-headquartered firm. Turnover at McGrigors grew to £29.6m for the first six months, a figure that, if matched in the second […]

Carter Review spurs Bar Council to assess standards

The Bar Council has kick-started a consultation into how to ensure quality of courtroom advocacy following the Carter Review. The measures that have been proposed include the introduction of a quality-assurance grading scheme for publicly funded advocates – an idea put forward by Lord Carter in his review of legal aid. Geoffrey Vos QC, chair […]

Thompsons secures key age discrimination win

Thompsons has won the first age discrimination case since new laws were introduced in October 2006, paving the way for a slew of similar cases. Public sector union Unison instructed Thompsons legal executive Mark Gray on the groundbreaking case of hospital employee Ann Southcott, who was dismissed last October just one day before the Employment […]

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