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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.

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Lincoln's Inn compromises with tenants in rent rise row

After months of dispute and the threat of further court action, some 30 chambers and their landlord Lincoln’s Inn have forged an agreement over rent rises.Lincoln’s Inn has been attacked for trying to increase rates by 80 per cent, way above the rates of other Inns and even the price of commercial leases in the […]

Dentons targets top clients to thwart profit slowdown

Denton Wilde Sapte is targeting top clients including Virgin, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Shell and London Electricity for more work as part of a firmwide review to raise profits. It is also pushing departmental heads to raise group profits any way they can after a disappointing financial year.In 2001/02, Dentons’ profits per partner rose […]

Insurance

It’s that time of year again. The results of a year-long endeavour are awaited and while jubilation awaits the winners, heartache and a ‘maybe-next-year’ mentality beckons to the losers. Eurovision has been and gone, but The Lawyer Awards – the definitive reckoning of law firm performance – still have to be decided.Insurance firms do not […]

Conflicts force Rotch to expand legal panel

Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose, SJ Berwin, Wragges to benefit from review Real estate conglomerate Rotch is looking at a number of new advisers after setting up its first panel last year.Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose, SJ Berwin and Wragge & Co all stand to gain as group counsel Meena Heath looks to carve up […]

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