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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.


Specialised local government legal qualification on the cards

Talks are being held to forge a brand-new qualification for lawyers specialising in local government work. The talks promise to revolutionise the way local government specialists are hired and promoted, and could lead to voluntary assessments beginning in as little as 15 months’ time. Local government law chiefs at firms including Bevan Brittan, Pinsent Masons […]

Show and tell

New rules covering electronic files could signal a change in how documents are produced in international arbitration cases, say Ian Meredith and Sarah Aspinall The decision by the US Federal Court to adopt new rules providing for widespread discovery of electronic documents and the parallel development of forensic and other IT techniques may herald a […]

MBR&M goes to Gherkin

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s insurance and reinsurance team is moving out of its home in the Lloyd’s of London building into the 31st floor of 30 St Mary Axe, aka the Gherkin. The 25 lawyers and 13 staff are due to move in to their new home in December this year. As well as […]

Follow that client

Scottish corporate lawyers are losing ground to London and the South East as clients increasingly head south of the border. By Matt Byrne Maclay Murray & Spens‘ loss of private equity star Graeme Sloan to Latham & Watkins earlier this year was a major blow to the former’s private equity ambitions, particularly in the crucial […]

CC tops global infrastructure league

Clifford Chance topped the league tables for global legal advisers on infrastructure projects in the first half of 2006, advising on 17 deals worth some $24.5bn (£13.38bn). The research, compiled by the Infrastructure Journal website, also shows magic circle rival Allen & Overy (A&O) was the most active firm in the sector in the timeframe, […]

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