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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.


Julian Assange

Blackstone’s Rose QC fails in bid to have Assange appeal reopened

The UK Supreme Court has rejected a bid by Blackstone Chambers silk Dinah Rose QC to re-open the extradition hearing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Last month Matrix Chambers’ Clare Montgomery QC, instructed by the Swedish Prosecution Authority, was successful in her bid to have Assange extradited to Sweden to face sex offence allegations. But […]


Lawyers gear up for rush on domain names – but firms fail to register

The scramble for new domain names is likely to bring a rash of work for specialist IP, media and technology lawyers. There are almost 2,000 applications for generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) from businesses that have had to register with ICANN if they want to try to buy the rights to the web suffix. There […]

Does search warrant SFO raid?

Failure to disclose all relevant information to the Central Criminal Court has called SFO policy into question On 22 to 24 May, Lord Justice John Thomas and Mr Justice Silber heard arguments in support of the judicial review of the SFO’s actions in obtaining and carrying out search warrants of premises in March 2011 on […]

SFO drops Tchenguiz case

The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that its investigation into property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has been dropped. The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed that its investigation into property tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz has been dropped. Last month, Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC questioned whether the SFO was fit for purpose after it admitted mistakes in […]

Judgment call: 18th June 2012

When seeking production orders for footage taken by media organisations, the police had failed to establish that interference with the organisations’ rights under the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.10 was necessary and proportionate on the basis that the footage was likely to be of substantial value to criminal investigations. Civil procedure R (on […]

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