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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 Sharp end of the Dewey stick

The way he left his firm drew comparisons with the captain of the Costa Concordia, who became a figure of hate when he was accused of not being last off the cruiseliner when it sank in January this year. But Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former London managing partner Peter Sharp has hit out at criticisms that […]

Lord Goldsmith QC

Lord Goldsmith leads stellar line-up as Tchenguiz hearing kicks off

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC has questioned whether the Serious Fraud Office is fit for purpose after it admitted mistakes in its dawn raids on the Tchenguiz brothers. Goldsmith was one of a raft of high-profile silks in court as a judicial review hearing brought by the Tchenguiz brothers into alleged failings by the […]


Taylor Wessing posts global turnover rise to £206m

Taylor Wessing has broken through the £200m barrier for international turnover, according to its latest financial figures. The firm has recorded a second successive year of increases, with UK turnover up 10 per cent to £101m, from £92.1m in 2010-11. This is slightly lower than originally projected. As The Lawyer reported earlier this month (21 […]

Malcolm Falzon

Malta: Cruise control

From securitisations to shipping, compared with the rest of the EU Malta is making the most of its rude health by attracting increasing international work The financial crisis has been kinder to some countries than others. One of those that has arguably been among the main beneficiaries is Malta. Last year saw the Malta International […]

Work Life Quiz: Roy Botterill, Shakespeares

What was your first-ever job? Saturdays in the warehouse at BHS. After a year I was promoted to selling light fittings. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Dropping a disclosure bundle and mixing up 300 pages of carefully prepared papers for the senior partner. Where’s the best place to go if you want […]

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