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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.

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Iraq and Kuwait have moved off the battlefield and into the courtroom. Jon Robins reports on fourteen years of legal wranglings, armed raids and ditched lawyers “One of the things they never teach you at law school is how to explain to your 10-year-old son why there’s a man in overalls standing in your bushes […]

SJ Berwin Paris head pans UK LLPs

SJ Berwin Paris head pans UK LLPs” />SJ Berwin Paris managing partner George Pinkham is leading a fight to clarify complicated tax laws that could lead to French members of a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP) being taxed twice. Although France and the UK signed a new Double Tax Treaty in January 2004, LLPs have been […]

Word of honour

English is now universally accepted as the language of business, spoken by businesspeople – and lawyers – worldwide. UK and US lawyers can cheerfully travel the world, safe in the knowledge that they won’t be the ones needing a dictionary. But beware. A cautionary tale told to Tulkinghorn last week illustrates that those emails and […]

Sending the right smoke signals

Richard Nicolle and Rebecca Bennett explain the diplomatic route to banishing workplace smoking The last decade has seen a seismic change in attitudes towards smoking in the workplace. Ten years ago it would have been a brave employee who complained about smoking, but now an employer who fails to take steps to restrict or prohibit […]

New LSC chair appointed

Sir Michael Bichard has been appointed as the new chair of the Legal Services Commission (LSC), the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today (3 March). Sir Michael worked as a solicitor before taking up a series of roles in local government and then the Department for Education and Employment. Most recently, in 2001, he […]

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