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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.


Police and Law Soc meet over money laundering

THE NATIONAL Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) has raised the target for the number of lawyers it wants to see reporting clients they suspect of trying to hide the profits of organised crime. The NCIS has had a private meeting with the Law Society to elicit its help in getting more solicitors to come forward. An […]


A team at Rowe & Maw comprising Stephen Walsh, Nigel White, Iain Thomas and assistant, Sahba Akhavan, advised the Nationwide Building Society in advancing a property loan facility of £93.3m. The facility is available to limited liability partnership, the Apsley Property, formed by Frogmore Estates, advised by Titmuss Sainer Dechert and Clyde & Co, and […]

Australia blocks Year 2000 litigation

AUSTRALIA has legislated to protect businesses from year 2000 compliance litigation. It is following the lead set by the US and increases the pressure on the UK government to follow suit. The Australian Bill offers limited protection against civil liability through the use of a specified Year 2000 disclosure statement. UK lawyers specialising in information […]

Firms gain as regional press M&As continue

A RASH of mergers and acquisitions in the regional press has signalled a boom in work for regulatory and competition lawyers. Brussels-based Herbert Smith partner Craig Pouncey is advising Newsquest in its takeover talks with Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers (PSN). The proposed takeover has been referred to the Monopoly & Mergers Commission (MMC), which is […]

Commons call for partners to disclose their annual earnings

Partners in law firms will be required to disclose their earnings and provide personal financial guarantees to creditors, a powerful Commons committee is proposing. The Trade and Industry Committee’s report on the Limited Liability Partnership Bill recommends that measures to protect creditors of Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) should be stronger than those for a partnership […]

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