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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.


Legal leaders welcome representatives in new PM’s cabinet

The appointments of Jack Straw as secretary of state for justice and Baroness Scotland QC as attorney general by Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been broadly welcomed by the legal profession. Geoffrey Vos QC, the chair of the Bar Council, believes that Straw will be able to resolve the “important outstanding issues” arising from the […]

Welsh lawyer faces fine over miners’ compensation

A Law Society council member has admitted to five breaches of professional rules in relation to his dealings with the miners’ compensation scheme. Glyn Maddocks, council member for the West Country and Gwent and a partner at Welsh firm Gabb and Co, was fined £15,000 at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and ordered to pay […]

Flitting boom

Restructuring a company by transferring it to a different jurisdiction has its benefits, but equally it raises a number of questions, say Ken Baird and Paul Sidle The recent restructurings of Deutsche Nickel and Schefenacker have involved an intriguing metamorphosis, that of a German AG into an English limited company. It is the essential flexibility […]

BLP assists SFO with bribery investigation

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been in contact with Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in relation to a bribery investigation being undertaken by South African prosecutors. The South African investigation is looking into allegations that supplier of military aviation electronics Thales bribed the former vice-president of South Africa Jacob Zuma. The South African prosecutors contacted […]

BLP raids CC for new head of tax

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bagged Clifford Chance partner Michael Wistow for its newly created role of head of tax. Wistow will work with corporate tax head John Overs, head of personal tax Jonathan Kropman and Moira Protani, head of charity law. •Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bagged Clifford Chance partner Michael Wistow for its […]

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