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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.


MoFo swoops on Shaw Pittman to snare last three London partners

A two-year string of departures culminated last week in the exit of Shaw Pitt-man’s last three London partners. The loss of the trio, who are to join vibrant US rival Morrison & Foerster (MoFo), has sparked a rearguard action by the Washington firm to keep any London lawyers. Alistair Maughan, London managing partner and co-chair […]

Ringing in the change

Voice over Internet Protocol has been a smash hit in the US. But European legislation means it is not getting the same take-up over here. By Robert Bratby Since the invention of the telephone, customers have wanted more for less. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony promises free calls and threatens the business models of […]

Wilmer Cutler breaks into China

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr has become the latest foreign firm to launch an office on the Chinese mainland. As first revealed on last Tuesday (23 November), the firm has launched a Beijing office to capitalise on the booming Chinese economy. The launch represents a milestone for the newly merged Wilmer Cutler and […]

Rhodes to chair accountancy regulator disciplinary panel

Further steps have been taken towards the establishment of the new regulatory body for accountancy, including the appointment of a senior fraud QC as chairman of its disciplinary panel.Robert Rhodes QC, who has successfully defended a host of claims brought by the Serious Fraud Office, competed for the influential post against 1,000 other applicants.As chairman […]

Brooke LJ warns lack of funding is placing UK courts in crisis

The vice-president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal last week sounded a warning on the future of the civil justice system, saying it was in a state where “things can only get worse”. Lord Justice Brooke was giving the Society for Advanced Legal Studies’ annual lecture, in which he said that the […]

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