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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.


Wizards of Oz

Leading Australian law firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page has been ranked top dog of legal advisers to Australian mergers and acquisitions in 1997 – just pipping rival Allens Arthur Robinson. The firm advised on the three largest completed deals of the year – the privatisation of Loy Yang A Power Station, the acquisition of Advance […]

In brief: John Morris retires as Hunt moves on

John Morris, a consultant at Sinclair Roche & Temperley where he was senior partner between 1975 and 1995, has announced his retirement. Jonathan Hunt, a part-time consultant in the shipping litigation department, is also leaving to join Richards Butler.

Bristol lecturers resign and threaten legal action claim

NINE out of Bristol University’s 10 Legal Practice Course (LPC) lecturers have defected to the University of the West of England (UWE) and threatened their old employers with an unfair dismissal claim. The dramatic move follows months of uncertainty about the future of Bristol University’s 100-place LPC course after the university’s senate voted to close […]

Hiccup over Wilde Sapte/AA

In a move which is likely to affect Wilde Sapte’s deal to link with Arthur Andersen, two leading asset finance partners – David Smith and Mario Jacovides – have resigned to join Allen & Overy. The two were significant billers and their departures – at a time when Andersens is doing financial due diligence on […]

The class of “93 reports back

Philip Hoult tracks down his fellow class mates from the College of Law and asks them about life five years on You are about to leave law school, with your LPC and CPE in the bag and trying to prepare yourself for a life of sober clothes, all-night meetings and, worst of all, unfeasibly short […]

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