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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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The personnelity

As you will have noticed over the past few weeks, we live in an age of opinion polls and focus groups. It seems that the guiding principle for New Labour is to keep everyone onside and to annoy as few as possible. And while opinion remains divided about how accurate polls are, what better way […]

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School is to pay off tuition loans for graduates who take public sector jobs. Harvard law students pay £26,000 a year for tuition fees, but if a graduate takes a job in government, a non-profit organisation or academia, the law school will meet their loan repayments.

Lathams bolsters NY insolvency with hire from Simpson Thacher

Los Angeles firm Latham & Watkins is bulking up its insolvency practice in New York and hiring a lawyer from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. `Shari Siegel is joining the firm as of counsel, having held the same post at Simpson Thacher, and will focus on restructuring troubled companies. She specialises in troubled loans, multinational insolvencies, […]

CC Brussels launches tax practice with PwC team

Clifford Chance is launching a tax practice from its Brussels office with the hire of a partner and team from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Belgium. `Thierry Blockerye is expected to join Clifford Chance this month and will set up and head the new tax practice. A spokesperson for Clifford Chance said it is not yet known […]

A View from the Cayman Islands

Where precisely do the Cayman Islands stand now that the dust has settled following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF) supranational initiatives on tax harmonisation and anti money laundering?`The short answer is that the legislative and regulatory amendments are sympathetic and, as a result, the Cayman Islands […]

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