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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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Addleshaws’ turnover 4 per cent below budget

Addleshaw Goddard has recorded a fall in fee income of 2.8 per cent in comparison to the first half of the 2007-8 financial year. Turnover for the first six months of 2008-09 was £94.7m, whereas during the same period last year the firm brought in total fees of £97.5m. This year’s figure was four per […]

Tulkinghorn: the month of Movember

Tulkinghorn and all of his male scribes are gearing up to grow moustaches for Movember, a charity scheme set up for everyday people to become 1970s legends and raise some money for prostate cancer in the process. Hair today… Tulkinghorn and all of his male scribes are gearing up to grow moustaches for Movember, a […]

Law Society ballot bars the door to non-lawyers

Postal voters have rejected the Law Society’s plans to include non-lawyers as fee-paying society members. Around 17,500 valid postal votes were cast, with 40.5 per cent in favour of the changes and 59.5 per cent against. More than 138,000 papers were distributed to members, but only 12.8 per cent of these were cast as votes. […]

Web Week: 3 November 2008

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer.com. Net prophets This is a new one. Did you know you can now buy legal advice online in the […]

Norton Rose scoops HSBC-Ekonomi brief

Norton Rose has won an instruction from HSBC on the purchase of Indonesian lender Bank Ekonomi for $608m (£392.59m). The firm has emerged as HSBC’s preferred corporate adviser in Asia, having also worked on its failed bid for the Korean Exchange Bank last month. Lovells advised the sellers, wealthy Indonesian private investor the Wings Group, […]

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