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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.


Fraud: a booming business

The Midlands is suffering an upsurge in business fraud. Tim Green on why the region is so attractive to fraudsters and how the problem can be tackled Fraud in the Midlands is a booming business. According to published research by BDO Stoy Hayward, the Midlands accounted for 60 pence in every pound lost through fraud […]

Burness lands urban redevelopment role

Scottish firm Burness has won a new client in the shape of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company (URC). This is the sixth URC the firm has worked with in Scotland. One of the first projects the firm, led by partner Stephen Phillips, will oversee for Irvine Bay is the development of Irvine Harbourside. Burness […]

NY proposes conflict rule relaxation

The Appellate Division in New York is considering an amendment to the local professional conduct code, which could radically affect current conflict restrictions on US lawyers. US lawyers working in their home jurisdictions are in no circumstances allowed to act adverse to their clients without first seeking a waiver. However, US lawyers working and licensed […]


Paul Dolman, Travers Smith

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with and why?Ken Livingstone – he’d probably claim it was congested and charge me. Name: Paul DolmanFirm: Travers SmithTitle: PartnerLives: Clapham, LondonEducation: University of BristolWork history:1996-98: Trainee, Travers Smith1998-2006: Assistant, Travers Smith2006-present: Partner, Travers Smith What was your first-ever job?In charge of the jelly […]

Market thrall

The tie-up between Borsa Italiana and the LSE could herald the opening up of a wealth of new investment opportunities, say Anthony Indaimo and Luca Bonetto After much speculation Borsa Italiana (Borsa) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced on 2 June 2007 that they were to merge in a proposed £1.1bn deal. The deal […]

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