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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.


Top job for Johnson Matthey counsel

Simon Farrant is taking on the mantle of company secretary in addition to his role as senior legal adviser at precious metals and drugs company Johnson Matthey. Farrant replaces Gordon Thorburn who is to retire because of ill health. He will officially take over at the company’s annual general meeting in July. Farrant remains head […]

Marriotts prepares for trade mark wars

The force is with a team of lawyers from London firm Marriott Harrison. The firm is preparing for a surge of copyright and trade mark infringements following the launch of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. A Marriott Harrison team of two partners and two assistant solicitors did all the legal work on […]

This week

The four gay members of the armed forces who were dismissed because of their sexuality are due to have their case heard by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The three men and one woman claim the UK is breaching their human rights by keeping the ban on homosexuals in the forces.


The international securities group at Norton Rose advised Stena Line in its recent reorganisation of its asset-backed commercial paper securitisation programme. This programme will expand the existing Sterling-based programme to encompass passenger and freight receivables in euro, sterling, Swedish krona, Danish krone and Norwegian krone. Lead securitisation partner at Norton Rose Jonathan Walsh led the […]

Romania promises rich pickings for City firms

The Romanian legal market is set to boom within the next 18 months and City firms may be looking to take advantage according to Nicholas Hammond, former head of Taylor Joynson Garrett’s Bucharest office, who has moved to a US firm Arent Fox based the in city. Bucharest, he says, is a burgeoning market for […]

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