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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.


Walker Morris bulks up renewables team with former Eversheds partner

Leeds firm Walker Morris has appointed former Eversheds partner Stephen Cirell as a consultant to its renewables, energy and resources team. Cirell headed Eversheds’ local government team until July 2009, when he was seconded to Cornwall Council to lead its Green Cornwall programme. Following the one-year secondment, Cirell became a consultant at Eversheds while also […]


The MBA – an essential tool for ambitious lawyers or just an expensive luxury?

The greater emphasis on risk management and compliance and the potential for the development of new Alternative Business Structures (ABSs) that the Legal Services Act has introduced is likely to have a significant effect on legal services in England and Wales. In particular, it is likely to focus lawyers’ minds on how they manage the […]


SNR Denton and DLA Piper to bulk up Kuwait offices in face of partner exits

DLA Piper and SNR ­Denton, the only two ­international firms with offices in Kuwait, are ­looking to bulk up in the country following the loss of key partners. For SNR Denton the departures follow an overhaul of the firm’s Middle East management and ­strategy. SNR Denton Kuwait managing partner David Pfeiffer resigned on 17 ­October, but it is not yet known […]

Lord Neuberger

Courts should ditch ‘absurd’ paper-based systems, say Neuberger and Vos

Britain’s leading judges are calling for an electronic revolution in the courts, arguing that enhanced use of technology would solidify London’s High Court as one of the best in the world. In separate speeches, Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger and Mr Justice Vos both underlined the need for the courts to move away from […]

Swap stop

A recent ruling on an Italian local authority’s ability to escape from a swaps contract could set the scene for a heavy fightback by lenders, say Lucio Bonavitacola and Riccardo Coassin In a landmark case Italy’s top ­administrative court recently ­handed down an important ­judgment affecting the way local authorities enter into derivatives contracts – […]

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