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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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Nelson Mandela lawyer cleared of fraud charges

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A proposal for reform or non event?

The purpose of the Ministry of Justice reviewing the personal injury process was because the opinion from both insurers and lawyers alike was that the current process was cumbersome, complex and too costly. If my memory serves me, the whole purpose of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) reviewing the personal injury process was because the […]

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XXIV woos silk from Two Temple Gardens

Commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings has snared Michael Black QC of Two Temple Gardens – the silk who drafted the court procedure ;rules ;for the Dubai International ­Financial Centre. Black, who took silk in 1995, headed Temple’s ­international arbitration and projects group. XXIV practice director Nicholas Luckman said that Black’s practice, which includes construction […]

Taylor Wessing France opens equity; denies it is response to crisis

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