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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.

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Milberg Weiss suffers as team quits

Class action specialists Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman has lost another two partners, the heads of its competition team, to New York class action boutique Pomerantz Haudek Block Grossman & Gross. Antitrust partners Douglas Richards and Michael Buchman will join the 10-partner boutique in March from Milberg Weiss, the most recent of a string of […]

ODA prepares for 2012 claims onslaught

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has started talks to devise a dispute resolution process in anticipation of a flood of legal challenges over the infrastructure for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is in discussions with the ODA, which is responsible for the infrastructure of the Olympics, to find the best […]

Kirklees Council spearheads drive for legal benchmarking

The first-ever benchmarking group for city council legal departments is being set up. The group will be established in the next 12 months by Tony Walsh, legal services manager at Kirklees Metropolitan Council. Walsh emailed the legal heads of all of England’s and Wales’s 31 city councils late last month and expects to establish the […]

Sober as a judge

Whoever said lawyers weren’t of strong will and high moral fibre hasn’t met Herbert Smith planning partner Matthew White. While most of us delude ourselves with some sort of New Year’s resolution to drink less, which inevitably lasts all of 24 hours, White has set himself a two-month goal. Dubious at first, Tulkinghorn couldn’t help […]

British Virgin Islands

As the private equity market expands, the BVI has recognised that more transparency is needed, says Leonard Birmingham

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