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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.


Freshfields and CC fight it out the Italian way

Freshfields’ and Clifford Chance’s Milan offices are fighting head to head in the battle to take over Italy’s third largest insurance company. Until recently Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni SpA (INA) was in friendly merger talks with Turin-based banking group San Paolo, represented by Clifford Chance. However, Italy’s largest insurance company Assicurazioni Generali, advised by Freshfields, […]

In brief: Wragge & Co

Wragge & Co has poached City banking litigator Tom Price from Macfarlanes. Price joins the Birmingham firm’s banking and financial sector as an associate and will continue to act for “a major UK financial institution”.

Quote of the week

“I will personally give a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell me how a driver can proceed with his feet up in the cab and still be in control of the train. It is a ridiculous suggestion.” – Anthony Scrivener QC, who is representing driver Larry Harrison (who denies driving with his feet […]

Making virtual legislation into a reality

Fancy a Sony Nicam TV for £3? Well, you’re too late, at least if you want to buy one from a legitimate source, like Argos. Just a couple of weeks ago, Argos, the famous retailer, found itself on the raw end of the e-commerce revolution when thousands of people purchased TV sets from its website […]

£1m-a-year QC defects to rival set

David Oliver QC, one of the “million-pound-a-year club” barristers, is leaving 13 Old Square to join premier company set Erskine Chambers. Oliver, who has been a tenant at 13 Old Square – where his father also practised – throughout his career will join Erskine Chambers on 1 October. The loss of Oliver will be a […]

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