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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.


Sticking at it

Galileo International is like the glue that holds the travel industry together, but like much of the sector, has it become unstuck post-11 September? Fiona Callister investigates If you have been on holiday in the last three decades, then there is a good chance that Galileo had a hand in bringing you your fortnight in […]

Mills & Reeve gains GMC instruction

Mills & Reeve has won the General Medical Council (GMC) as a new client The instruction follows a competitive tender process to advise on conduct case presentation work in the GMC’s hearing centre in Manchester. The Birmingham office beat off competition from 15 firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Eversheds and the GMC’s main adviser Field Fisher […]

Norton Rose's US group challenges magic circle

Norton Rose comes up trumps on Rule 144a equity deals; results show US practices burgeoning The US group at Norton Rose is snapping at the heels of its more established magic circle counterparts when it comes to equity transactions. According to exclusive research carried out by The Lawyer, the two-partner team in London has handled […]

Milberg accused of greasing palms

Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the firm that The Lawyer last week revealed had been selected to lead the claims against Enron and Arthur Andersen, is the subject of a federal investigation Federal and Pennsylvania authorities are assessing whether Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel was paid consulting fees from the US firm in exchange […]

The Leader Column

A couple of weeks back (11 February) we reported on the news that Slaughter and May was taking an active role in the Government-sponsored report into women’s employment. Along with Simmons & Simmons, Slaughters is one of the few firms to go public on the issue of the gender gap at partner level.Very laudable, but […]

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