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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.


It's been a bad week for

m Journalists, who are unlikely to be granted exemption from new anti-terrorism laws. The House of Lords rejected a Liberal Democrat amendment to a bill’s requirement to notify police of any information they receive about potential terrorist acts. Lord Goodhart QCtold peers that the provision could inhibit journalists’ right to protect their sources. Cabinet Office […]

Theodore Goddard nets Times top man

Theodore Goddard has recruited one of The Times Newspapers’ head of legal. Antony Whitaker has been with the group, which includes The Times, The Sunday Times and The Times supplements, since 1973. He joins Theodore Goddard as a consultant but will continue to work for The Times Newspapers as a consultant. Whitaker tells The Lawyer […]

Scuffle of the week

FIFA v the European Union. Football’s governing body has been threatened with antitrust action unless it changes its rules concerning player transfer fees and contracts between players and their clubs. The European Commission has told FIFA that it must give players the freedom to break contracts and the flexibility to switch teams before their contracts […]

Liffe (Holdings) plc

The London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange (Liffe) may be based in one of the world’s oldest financial centres, but it is embracing the new economy with particular vigour. Since moving from a mutual to a corporate structure in February 1999, it has done away with open outcry trading – people buying and selling […]

Employee protection – European-style

UK employees have fewer rights than those on the continent. Mark Humphries says this may change. The draft EU Bill of Rights has generated much comment in the press recently, most notably concerning the impact on our constitutional system. But the danger of overlooking more obvious problems, such as those that arise in the workplace, […]

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