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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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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 […]

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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 […]

Courting clarification

When Lehman Brothers went into meltdown back in September 2008, insolvency lawyers knew that unwinding the bank would take years. And so it has proved, not just for Lehman but all the other financial institutions that failed at the height of the crisis. Much business restructuring was necessary following the numerous bank failures and the […]

Safety in numbers?

New regulations and a generally tougher market are prompting much introspection, often as a prelude to merger, at law firms in Scandinavia. The Scandinavian legal market is undergoing an evolutionary shift as continued economic pressure forces the profession to make changes to the way it works. In Denmark large firms are looking below their normal […]

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Taylor Wessing launches LGBT property network

Taylor Wessing has launched a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people working in the property industry. The City firm claims the circle, which is still searching for a name, is the first such association in the real estate industry. It launched earlier this month with an event at Taylor Wessing’s offices for […]

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