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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.


US counsel make for bad company

Worrying times for general counsel in the US. In a week when Computer Associates ex-general counsel Steven Woghin was sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a scheme to artificially boost quarterly revenue statements through backdated sales contracts, several others have had the spotlight turned on them as the stock options scandal […]

Heller launches in London despite merger failure

West Coast US firm Heller Ehrman is set to launch an office in London with three of its own partners, after failing to secure a UK merger. Heller talked to a number of small £10m-turnover firms, but did not find a fit for the practice areas and client sectors that it wanted to push in […]


The aggressive expansion campaigns that have typified offshore firms over the past 12-18 months are showing no signs of slowing down. For example, Mourant du Feu & Jeune proved this week that its “aggressive international expansion” plans are more than just hype by doubling its partnership offering in London. The Lawyer’s latest Offshore Special Report […]


The rules for collective investment funds in Dubai is forcing other offshore jurisdictions to rethink their approaches, says Bill Gibbon

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