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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.


Lee Miller

DLA Piper to roll out US all-equity model in UK

DLA Piper is set to unveil plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the international LLP side of its business. The move would bring the UK-headquartered side of DLA Piper’s business into line with its US operation, which already operates an all-equity model. The firm is expected to unveil proposals this week that […]

Mishcons gags Goo Goo for Gaga

Lady Gaga has a new single: Just Injunct. Okay, that’s not entirely accurate. But a cartoon representation of the singer has been considered accurate enough to secure an interim injunction banning it from launching its own parody song, ’Peppy-razzi’ (see story). Gaga’s poker-faced legal team at Mishcon de Reya, apparently all of whom were in […]


Supreme Court feels the strain as cases back up

Two-year wait for hearings at highest court as recession sees litigants dig in for the long haul The country’s most senior court is being put under severe strain by a surge in disputed matters that are taking more than two years to pass from the appellate court to the Supreme Court. One litigator said he […]


Flexible Work – more than just an issue of being family friendly

This being Parenting Week, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have refreshed their calls to make workplace legislation more family friendly. But law firms need to think beyond working mums and dads in crafting flexible working policies. The case for flexible work in the legal industry usually centres on working mothers.  Why is flexible work so […]

Raj Rajaratnam

US sentencing of insider dealing offences: a trend the FSA will follow?

On Thursday 13 October, Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the Galleon hedge fund, received a record sentence in the US of 11 years in prison for insider dealing. US prosecutors had sought a sentence of 25 years. Rajaratnam was also fined $10m and ordered to pay restitution of $50m.  This conviction followed no less than […]

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