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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.


Fraser Younson

One of the gurus of employment law in the City, Fraser Younson is setting up his own department at McDermotts. Sean Farrell examines the details.

In brief: Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co’s head of energy has had his attempt to rescue debt-ridden Premier Oil rejected by the board. Despite the blow, Peter Felter says his rescue team will continue in its campaign to implement a new board.

Dibbs asked to advise Latvian govt on EU entry

Dibb Lupton Alsop has been chosen to advise the Latvian parliament as part of the country’s preparation to join the EU. Associate Mike Pullen, of Dibbs’ Brussels office, will offer guidance on the compatibility of the country’s public procurement law with the EU’s public procurement directives. Dibbs has also advised the Lithuanian government in the […]

Is it all over for the tax havens of Britain?

Gareth Fatchett believes that Britain’s offshore islands have had their day…Gareth Fatchett is head of financial services at Morton Fisher and will become a partner of offshore specialists Armstrong Neal in May. The word “offshore” in legal circles usually sends most lawyers running. The small number of advisers who involve themselves in this area of […]

Quote of the week

“It appears Nixon is either running a bar in Spain or has enrolled as a student in Aberystwyth” – A spokesman from the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors speculating as to the whereabouts of Carlisle-based solicitor, Garry Nixon, after his practice was shut down this month.

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