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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.



BSB puts aptitude test on ice for a year

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has delayed the introduction of its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) aptitude test by a year. The BSB launched its review of the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) in 2007, appointing Falcon Court Chambers’ Derek Wood QC to investigate whether the system was fit for purpose (2 November 2007). Wood proposed […]

Paul Meads

The Reit call: Paul Meads, F&C Reit

As well as managing a huge property portfolio, combining the elements that now comprise the business means F&C Reit’s sole lawyer Paul Meads has been a key element in its success. You know those lawyers who go on secondment to a client and never go back? Paul Meads is one of them. “I joined Olswang as part […]

Sara George

Opinion: Financial regulator’s transparency policy is double-edged

The Government intends to give the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) power to publicise the fact that it intends to take enforcement action before the firm or ­individual concerned has had an opportunity to put its case. The FCA will take over the investigation and enforcement powers currently exercised by the FSA. Most of the […]


IP rights: Dyson

Gill Smith It was a rare victory for a Western company in China. In January this year Dyson, advised by Wragge & Co ­partner Gordon Harris and China IP head Dr Jian Xu, won a high-profile design rights case against China-based manufacturer Yongkang Yixuan for the latter’s infringement of the design of Dyson’s ’Air Multiplier’ […]

John Morris

Clydes to face Employment Tribunal claim from former partner

An attempt by Clyde & Co to have Employment Tribunal proceedings against it stayed through the High Court has been rejected. The firm and its construction practice head John Morris are named as defendants in a discrimination claim being pursued by former partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof.  The claimant officially joined the firm last year  […]

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