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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.


EELA launch

The European Employment Lawyers’ Association was launched last week by Cherie Booth QC at the Second Annual European Employment Lawyers Forum. The new group aims to bring together employment lawyers from across Europe. Paul Goulding, deputy chairman of the UK Employment Lawyers’ Association, said: ‘The creation of EELA represents an important opportunity for European employment […]

Nabarros angry at Olswang IP raids

Nabarro Nathanson has responded angrily to the latest in a series of raids by Olswang on its intellectual property department, by calling on its rival to nurture its own talent. Assistant solicitor Jane Bunch – who is six months qualified – is the eighth lawyer to defect from Nabarros IP department to Olswang in just […]

A question of ethics

Objectivity should be the mantra of all experts, whatever the system used to appoint and pay them, says Emile Woolf. Emile Woolf is head of litigation and forensic services at accountancy firm Kingston Smith. The reforms proposed by Lord Woolf are bound to affect experts brought in to assist the court on technical and other […]

Immigration law contravenes human rights, claims woman

A WOMAN who claims that the Government’s commitment to incorporate the European Convention on Human Rights into domestic law should prohibit the Home Office from deporting her husband will hear the result of her judicial review this week. In a case which could have major repercussions for the Government, Idris Patel, who is represented by […]

In brief: Lovells' Gentleman goes to Fishburn Hedges

Lovell White Durrant’s marketing communications manager, Fenella Gentleman (pictured) is leaving to join public relations and design consultancy Fishburn Hedges as an associate director on 20 July. Gentleman joined Lovells in 1994 and headed a team of 12 responsible for public relations across the firm’s offices.

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