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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.


Bircham breaches £300K PEP ceiling

Bircham Dyson Bell has broken through the £300,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) barrier, recording a jump of 23 per cent to £312,000. Bircham Dyson Bell has broken through the £300,000 average profit per equity partner (PEP) barrier, recording a jump of 23 per cent to £312,000. Those at the top of the equity […]


Mental Health, Employment and Discrimination

The Health and Safety Executive has estimated that 13.8 million working days are lost due to work related stress each year with an annual cost to employers of £13 billion. Many more working days are lost to other mental health illnesses. Statistics like these prompted the government to announce recently that it would spend £5 […]


Boyes Turner: Andrew Chalkley

Boyes Turner: Andrew Chalkley” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/12514_9_firm.gif” />Reading-based firm Boyes Turner has a “strategy of growth”, says partner and chief executive Andrew Chalkley. Closer examination reveals that this strategy divides into two prongs – heavy recruitment at all levels and the marketing of the business to increase cross-selling to existing clients. The firm feeds on […]

Parallel drives

Canada’s provincial governments have been examining each other’s approaches in their bids to develop the use of public-private partnerships. Over the past few years, the use of public-private partnership (PPP) models in infrastructure projects has grown significantly in Canada. In 2007 the federal government created a new agency, PPP Canada, to encourage the development of […]

Addleshaws, Macfarlanes, CMS bag Freightliner buyout

Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna and Macfarlanes have won key roles in the estimated £340m secondary buyout of rail logistics company Freightliner Group. Buyer ;Arcapita, ;the Bahrain-based investment bank, turned to longstanding adviser CMS Cameron McKenna, led by corporate partner Charles Currier. Currier said: “Despite some challenging economic conditions, deals for quality assets such as […]

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