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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.



Does lightning ever strike twice in the legal world? Those who practise in the field of professional negligence are looking at the skies and scratching their heads about this very question.No one who profited from the increase in professional negligence work as a result of the recession at the beginning of the 1990s can forget […]

New tenants for 199 Strand

Four new tenants have been recruited by 199 Strand. Anthony Higgins, a commercial and professional negligence barrister, has joined from the now defunct Goldsmith Buildings. Employment, immigration and commercial litigation specialist Alan Payne has moved from 1 Harcourt Buildings. Meanwhile, housing and employment barrister Kuljit Bhogal has joined the set from Bracton Chambers, and common […]

The rights angle

From Diane Pretty who wanted the right to die, to Al-Qaeda’s effect on the right to liberty, human rights laws have been pushed to the limit. Robin Allen QC and Tom Coghlin report The courts have grappled with human rights issues in every field of law in the past year. Some cases have been notorious, […]


Lovells stays loyal to LMUK on Nectar card scheme

Lovells has been drawn into the retail sector’s obsession with customer loyalty schemes after advising Loyalty Management UK (LMUK) on its high-profile launch of the Nectar card.The loyalty card, a joint venture between Sainsbury’s, Barclaycard, BP and Debenhams, was launched to much publicity on 16 September.The unveiling of Nectar, which experienced computer glitches within hours […]

Sonnenberg lifts international team from KPMG

South African law firm Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik has poached a 15-strong team of international tax lawyers from KPMG. The entire team had joined just months earlier from Andersen. The group includes three partners, six senior associates and six associates.

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