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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.


Not enough money for licensing lawyers

Shortfalls in the proposed legal budget will make next year’s overhaul of the UK’s licensing system unworkable, the Government has been told. Local authorities have written to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which is responsible for licensing, complaining there is a shortfall in the proposed level of funding to cover lawyers’ fees […]

Record number of global firms achieve Paris Bar Council spots

International firms had their best ever showing in last week’s elections for the Paris Bar Council. Four candidates from Anglo-Saxon firms were among the 42 lawyers standing for the 17 vacant seats on the council in a bid to double the number of international representatives. Prior to last week’s elections, there were only four council […]

Legal Widow

The managing partner unveiled a new training strategy at the recent personal development and motivational weekend. It was held in Dublin – motivation enough for anybody – but lawyers are awfully spoilt. If I was in charge, I’d book the local church hall and they’d have to lump it. Everyone spends the entire weekend in […]

Ashurst bypasses Eversheds to win Stanley Leisure joint venture work

Ashurst bypasses Eversheds to win Stanley Leisure joint venture work” />FTSE 250 gaming company Stanley Leisure has turned to Ashurst over Eversheds on its joint venture with Malaysian casino group Genting. Stanley Leisure is the tenth listed company to give Ashurst a first-time instruction in the past six months. The company has historically used Eversheds […]

Australia’s opposition party slates legal fees

Australian lawyers have come under attack from the country’s opposition party over claims that high fees are preventing people from accessing the justice system. At a dinner to recognise community and legal services activism, shadow federal attorney-general Nicola Roxon accused the legal industry of impinging the public’s access to the justice system by demanding excessive […]

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