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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.


Arnold & Porter in LA swoops for IT and showbiz niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is dramatically increasing its Los Angeles practice by taking over a niche IT and entertainment firm. It is acquiring Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt in a move which adds 12 lawyers and expands its intellectual property and technology practice to 60 lawyers worldwide. Eight of the lawyers join Arnold […]

Titmuss Sainer to drop lockstep pay

Titmuss Sainer Dechert is dumping its lockstep pay structure in favour of a meritocracy policy as it finally merges with long-time US alliance partner Dechert Price & Rhoads. Titmuss Sainer, which has held an alliance with its US counterpart for six years, is smaller than Dechert Price’s office which has more than 168 partners compared […]

Linklaters nabs Weil Gotshal partner to head Polish office

Linklaters & Alliance has snapped up Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ Warsaw senior partner to co-head its Polish set-up. Marek Wierzbowski joins the Warsaw office as a banking and finance partner. He will run it alongside the current head, Tadeusz Komosa. Linklaters securities and banking partner Philip Charlton is also joining the office from the Moscow […]

Andrew Hochhauser QC reports on the implications on employee rights of the court judgment in Hall v Woolston Hall. Andrew Hochhauser QC is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers.

No reliable figures exist for the number of workers in the UK whose employers do not properly account for income tax and National Insurance contributions. Inland Revenue statistics show that it recovers approximately £250m each year as a result of inspections targeted on particular sectors. Large numbers of employees are affected by what the Revenue […]

Case of the week

The RollingStones’ former record label, Abkco Music, lost a round in its battle over who owns the rights to two songs first recorded by blues legend Robert Johnson. The court found that the fact that the band believed that any common-law copyright on Love in Vain and Stop Breakin’ Down had expired, were not reasons […]

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