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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.


Barrister criticised in Sawoniuk trial debacle

Barrister Kaly Kaul has been hauled up before a High Court judge over remarks made during the War Crimes trial. Kaul – briefed in the case by her ex-husband Martin Lee, a solicitor acting for defendant Anthony Sawoniuk – incurred the wrath of Mr Justice Potts by revealing to the jury that her client had […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

The Bar Council is considering radical reform of its complaints handling system – even though its current arrangement is praised by the Legal Services Ombudsman. As predicted in The Lawyer last week, Ann Abraham’s annual report blasts the Law Society’s complaints handing for “spiralling out of control” to such an extent that its ability to […]

Linklaters acts for BP in liquid gold takeover

Oil is indeed turning out to be liquid gold for Linklaters. The firm is acting for BP Amoco in its proposed u15bn-plus takeover of US oil group Atlantic Richfield (Arco). The deal, announced last week, will be the second huge transaction Linklaters has worked on for BP in under a year. The firm acted for […]

The Law Society – friend or foe?

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. Are we, as a profession, in a total mess, or is all that seems to be going on a figment of my imagination? Certainly my contacts across our profession seem to indicate that everybody […]

Martineaus suffers first partner loss

An equity partner has left Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson for the first time in the firm’s history. Joanna Lawson-King is to join Pinsent Curtis as a partner on 1 January 2000. Her departure date has been set for 31 October. She joined Martineau Johnson from university nearly 20 years ago. Michael Shepherd, Martineau Johnson’s senior partner, […]

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