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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.


Pestalozzi faces financial claim by ex-partner

One of Switzerland’s largest firms, Pestalozzi Lachenal Patry, is locked in a dispute with one member of a group of five partners expelled last year over strategic and management differences. Tax partner Marcus Desax, now at Swiss rival Walder Wyss & Partners, initiated conciliation proceedings before the Zurich Bar Association on 9 January, claiming the […]

Pay and dismay

Equal pay litigation is likely to be a hot area for the public sector for the next few years, as previous decisions are appealed and new problems are uncovered. By Shirley Wright

ASB acts on hotel site buy for first choice

ASB Law is celebrating its biggest deal to date after advising First Choice Holidays on its £120m takeover of Salford-based hotel booking website The firm, led by corporate partners Helen Mead and Matt Newman, advised its longstanding client as it did when the tour operator purchased Travel Class last year. LateRooms, owned by private […]

Tucker’s (bad) luck leaves duo in frame for Links premiership

The Linklaters managing partner race is really hotting up. As we reveal today in The Lawyer, former frontrunner John Tucker has dropped out as the international board narrows the candidates down to two: capital markets head Nick Eastwell and corporate partner Simon Davies. It may be a contest, but it isn’t an election. Eastwell and […]

Double talk

Ah, the perils of the double negative. Hogan & Hartson London managing partner Garry Pegg had clearly been spending too long in an over-lawyerly meeting when Tulkinghorn asked him how he was the other day. “Not unsatisfactory,” replied Pegg. “Actually,” he admitted, “I once said that to one of our partners in New York. He […]

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