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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.


Met Police panel chooses two sets

John Bevan QC’s 2 Harcourt Buildings and 7 Bedford Row have been appointed to the Metropolitan Police’s panel for work stemming from the new Proceeds of Crime Act. The controversial legislation gives the police new civil powers to seize money belonging to suspected criminals without first securing a conviction. The two chambers will in the […]


It costs at least £150,000 to create a single lawyer. And a whole lotta love, of course. In one fell swoop, then, when Denton Wilde Sapte took the decision to retain just 20 of its 48 trainees, the firm was throwing away about £4m worth of investment Investigations by The Lawyer have revealed that Dentons […]

Slaughters relocation boosts Paris finance

Slaughter and May will boost its Paris finance team this summer by relocating Andrew Maclean, who is currently on secondment at best friend Hengeler Mueller, to the French capital. Paris focuses on bank rather than borrowers work to a much greater extent than Slaughters’ core London finance practice. The firm’s managing partner Tim Clark said: […]

Squire Sanders sets its sights on Middle East

US firm Squire Sanders & Dempsey is launching a full-scale operation in the Middle East, following the successful establishment of an affiliation with Kuwaiti firm MM Al Ghazali & Partners. The firm plans to launch three offices, starting in Saudi Arabia next month followed by further offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. […]

YSG faces crisis as Law Society reviews funding

Fears for the future of the Young Solicitors Group have been raised after it emerged that the Law Society is planning to slash its annual grant from £40,000 to around £30,000. Under the terms of the Recognised Group Agreement, which was drafted in December but is currently under proposal, funding levels across all Law Society […]

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