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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.


Lovells’ exploding tables get the all clear

Lovells was gripped by terror last month when news broke of a glass table spontaneously exploding in one of the firm’s Atlantic House meeting rooms. The explosion forced the firm to close off around half a dozen rooms, but happily, they are used only for internal meetings so no clients were harmed in the explosion […]


Despite the trendy name, KSB Law is a firm strongly grounded in English history. The first mention of the 19-partner firm can be found circa 1792. Then based at Lincoln’s Inn, it only moved earlier this year after centuries of merger and demerger. Now comfortably ensconced in its new City premises and with the aim […]

Lawyers call for trial of ‘terrorists’

The Law Society and the Bar Council last week spearheaded international condemnation of the detention of terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay. In an open letter, signed at the annual general meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) this week, the leaders of 28 law societies and bar councils worldwide call for the Guantanamo detainees to […]

Lovells navigates beauty parade to win Galileo PPP

Lovells has beaten a number of City rivals to scoop an instruction to advise on one of the largest and most complex public private partnerships (PPP) currently in the European market. The firm is acting for the Galileo Joint Undertaking, a body jointly owned by the EU and the European Space Agency, to implement a […]

Royal Shakespeare lawyer forms arts law forum

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) first ever in-house counsel is set to launch an inaugural forum for in-house lawyers working in the arts. Caroline Powell, who qualified in 1995 after training at Slaughter and May, joined the RSC as in-house counsel in September 2003.

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