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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.


In brief: Simmons helps out communities body

Simmons & Simmons undertook the legal work behind the setting-up of the Pan London Community Regeneration Consortium on a pro bono basis. The consortium helps voluntary organisations to form partnerships with public and private sector bodies to regenerate local communities. It is funded by the Single Regeneration Budget Challenge and will aim to improve the […]

Miners dig in for a six-month legal battle

A major test case, which could extend the liability of industry to include work-induced lung diseases, is now in progress before a High Court judge in Wales and is expected to go on well into next year with further sittings in Sheffield and London. The action has been mounted by a group of eight former […]

Questions of leadership

I write in connection with a recent article from Tony Holland. I would first note the interesting point, that, once again, Mr Holland is cited in his capacity as senior partner at his firm. Quite clearly, his articles (which appear regularly and may be said to form part of a series) are written not because […]

Switch on to the IT revolution

Ravinder Singh Chahal is a freelance journalist. As we approach the end of the century, the industrial age is fast being replaced by an age dominated by information technology. More firms are becoming IT-literate through the use of online services, World Wide Web sites, networked systems and even video-conferencing; small wonder then, that it is […]

Pensions watchdog Opra shows teeth with its appointment of lawyer and senior policeman

The embryonic post-Maxwell pensions watchdog is showing it intends to have teeth, with appointments thus far including a City lawyer and a policeman. The appointments to Opra (Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority) were welcomed by pensions partner at Lovell White Durrant, Harriet Dawes, deputy chair of the current Occupational Pensions Board which Opra will replace. Richards […]

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