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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.


The wonder years

The Human Rights Act has been in force for over a year – but who is monitoring its continuing development? Robin Allen QC argues the case for a national human rights commission From the outset it was recognised that the Human Rights Act would lead to litigation, but its larger social purpose was to introduce […]

Oppenhoff speeds into Linklaters' UK lockstep

German partners finally achieve parity with London as Oppenhoff posts better than expected figures Linklaters has thrashed out a new remuneration package with Linklaters Oppenhoff & Rädler, bringing forward the entry of the German partners into the UK lockstep.The new deal was struck in the run-up to last week’s partnership retreat. It replaces the old […]

Woolf cost regimes 'should be scrapped'

A special meeting in Northamptonshire hosted by the Civil Justice Council will hear proposals for the scrapping of the costs regime set up by Lord Woolf. The council, the watchdog of the civil justice system, is chaired by Lord Phillips, who is keen for the Lord Chancellor to find a solution to the dual problems […]

Female lawyers are top on stress scale

Female lawyers are more stressed than their male counterparts, enjoy less leisure hours and value time over money, a survey conducted by Barclays Private Clients has revealed. But they also expect to earn more at the peak of their careers than male lawyers do.Female lawyers hope to earn, on average, £235,000 a year at the […]

Microsoft secures new vice president

Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice-president is stepping down after 22 years now that the company’s antitrust problems are drawing to an end. William Neukom led Microsoft’s response to the initial antitrust complaints brought by the US Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice and the EU. The US cases are settled, but things […]

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