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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.


Collas Day suffers loss to Mourant

Jersey-headquartered Mourant du Feu & Jeune has bolstered its corporate practice with the hire of John Lewis as an equity partner in Guernsey. Lewis, who specialises in pensions and insurance, joins from Collas Day following the firm’s split earlier this year. At the time, litigation partners Mark Ferbrache and Paul Richardson broke away from the […]

Eversheds bags trio of transport deals

Eversheds has acted for the Department for Transport on three rail franchise deals in as many weeks. The East Midlands passenger rail franchise deal closed on 20 June, with successful bidder Stagecoach being represented by Herbert Smith, led by partner Adrian Clough. The West Midlands franchise was closed the next day, with winning bidder Govia, […]

Rosenblatt: bit of a… twit

As everyone knows, the secret to success can be a hard thing to pin down. Not so for Ian Rosenblatt, senior partner at Rosenblatt Solicitors. Rosenblatt believes the firm’s £1m turnover rise is down to him being “fantastic”, pure and simple. Tulkinghorn, who is used to conservative and modest lawyer types, finds these fantastical claims […]

Web week

The Lawyer‘s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@ thelawyer. com. •Going down the psycho pathNo matter which way you look at it, Adolf Hitler is not the […]

A tough act to follow

So it’s bye bye Fiona, hello Andrew. Last night the great and the good of the Law Society gathered to pay their respects to Fiona Woolf, outgoing president and the first of her ilk in years to know her way around the City. So it’s bye bye Fiona, hello Andrew. Last night the great and […]

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