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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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Ranald Munro: Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

With multiple roles for Chubb Insurance, Ranald Munro can keep a watchful eye on all proceedings, from EU legislation to management plans. Joanne Harris reports Ranald Munro is a man of many titles; general counsel and company secretary for the Chubb Insurance Company of Europe are the ones he uses most often, but he is […]

Legal privilege protected in landmark decision

Legal professional privilege has been saved – for the moment. It took just over 15 minutes for the Law Lords to reach a decision on Three Rivers v Bank of England last Thursday, so it’s fair to assume that they were unanimous. A lot turned on those 15 minutes. The Court of Appeal’s judgment in […]

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FCO fights child abduction with human rights overhaul

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has extended an existing panel on human rights to include child abduction cases. Members of the panel, made up of three solicitors and three barristers with family law expertise, will work on a pro bono basis when required to help UK nationals involved in child abduction cases. Those appointed […]

Legal chief quits V2

The worldwide head of legal at Richard Branson’s record label V2 is quitting. Will Meekin, director of commercial and business affairs for V2 Music Worldwide, will leave at the end of August and is hoping to launch an independent consultancy for the music and entertainment sectors. V2’s chief executive Tony Harlow is reviewing the position […]

Freshfields’ Salz takes on part time BBC vice-chairman role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer ’s co-senior partner Anthony Salz will see an extra £28,000 added to his annual pay-packet after accepting a two-day-a-week role as vice-chairman of the BBC. The magic circle firm declined to comment on whether Salz will take a cut in pay from the firm once he takes up the position this month. […]

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