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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.


Thought, provoked

As George Osborne dazzles the nation with his devilishly cunning plans for how to prompt economic growth, cut costs, tackle inflation and improve healthcare provisions for captive polar bears all at the same time, it would be unsurprising if he hadn’t sought a bit of counsel. And the young whippersnapper of a Chancellor could do […]


First bar census reveals little improvement in diversity statistics

Diversity at the bar has increased only marginally over the past five years, the results of the Bar Standard Board’s first-ever census of the profession has revealed. The Bar Barometer report, which examines trends in the profession over the five years from 2005-06 to 2009-10, reveals that the proportion of self-employed female barristers has increased […]


Firms relocate Tokyo staff in wake of earthquake

A number of firms with bases in Tokyo are offering their staff help to leave Japan following last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Ashurst is temporarily relocating its Tokyo staff to Hong Kong or Singapore due to the dangerous conditions. The top 20 firm confirmed that everybody who works in the office is safe and accounted […]


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 […]

Financing: Liberty Global

Jeremy Evans Media company Liberty Global has been at the forefront of innovative high-yield deals since 2009. That was the year Liberty acquired ­German cable company Unitymedia from its private equity owners BC Partners and Apollo Management for e3.5bn (£3.12bn), in a deal that required a massive e2.5bn of high-yield financing. The deal was a […]

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