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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.


Bar Talk

Castle Indemnity is under siege. First the outer defences have been breached and the link between what the client pays and what the loser pays is broken by introducing con-cepts of average and com-posite rates. Then conditional fees break through another wall, followed by collective conditional fees. It seems that the castle is about to […]


Mills & Reeve has added to its involvement in money raising for local ventures in Cambridge by securing seed and second round investment for Akubio. The spin-out from the University of Cambridge’s chemistry and pathology departments has devised a virus and bacteria detection technology based on sound waves. This series of transactions for Akubio guarantees […]

Wilson Sonsini axes August bonus payouts

Associate bonuses are first to get the chop as the Valley starts to panic Silicon Valley firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has withdrawn August bonuses from associates as it battles to cut costs in the face of a corporate slump.The firm has warned its associates not to expect much in the way of bonuses […]

Lovells posts highest ever profit figures

Lovells has posted figures this year of £286.5m – and reaped record profits. Partners at the top of equity are now on £708,000, with the most junior equity partners on £283,000.All top equity partners who were partners in the legacy Lovells firm prior to its merger with Boesebeck Droste will benefit from an extra payout […]

Romania forces foreign law firms to change their names

In an attempt to temper the dominance of international firms in Bucharest, the Romanian government has ordered all foreign entities in the capital to change their names. Firms such as Linklaters & Alliance, CMS Cameron McKenna and Altheimer & Gray have all been told to give up their brands or face possible criminal prosecution.A law […]

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