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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.


199 Strand overhauls management structure

Long-established personal injury (PI) and professional and clinical negligence chambers 199 Strand is to undergo a major overhaul of its management structure as it becomes more proactive about bar reforms. The set is also taking on three tenants, but has lost the head of its employment group to Cloisters. Peter Andrews QC has completed his […]

IBA pledges £25,000 to aid war-torn judiciaries

The business law section of the International Bar Association (IBA) has pledged £25,000 to help found a consortium to aid in restructuring legal systems in war-torn countries. The International Legal Assistance Consortium’s (ILAC) aim is to coordinate immediate international assistance to rehabilitate judicial systems and establish accountability, preventing organisations from duplicating each other’s efforts and […]

One country's rules should be enough

The British Olympic team competes in Sydney this month without two of its most talented athletes: European 200m champion Dougie Walker and winner of the British Olympic 400m trials Mark Richardson. Both these athletes tested positive for the substance 19-norandrosterone but were later acquitted of any doping offences by UKA, which regulates athletics in this […]

CLA-Europe's single brand forces Dutch firm to leave

DUTCH firm Kennedy Van der Laan has pulled out of the Commercial Law Affiliates (CLA) Europe Alliance less than two months after its formation, following the launch of the group’s single-branding strategy. The alliance was launched on 19 July by 15 firms, including Hammond Suddards Edge in the UK. As an IT/IP specialist, Kennedys, which […]


What is the single most challenging issue facing large law firms in New York today? There are several contenders for this award. Some would nominate globalisation and potential law firm mergers. Others would say the increasing competition among lawyers resulting from financial institution and other client consolidations. Others would identify penetration into the start-up and […]

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