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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.


Emergency powers: the last thing NI needs?

There are fears that controversial plans to tighten anti-terrorist laws will hinder rather than help the peace process, reports Matheu Swallow. THE bombing of Omagh town centre has been met with universal horror and a heartfelt conviction that those responsible for the atrocity should be put behind bars. Nevertheless, the overwhelming response from solicitors in […]

Ashursts partnership

Ashurst Morris Crisp has appointed corporate lawyer Markus Strelow to partner, joining partner Graeme Ward in heading the firm’s Frankfurt office. Strelow joined Ashurst Morris Crisp in January from Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Dibbs loses managing partner to IT company

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s Birmingham managing partner is leaving to take up a job in industry. Nick Seddon will join Geoff Brown Holdings, a Warwickshire-based computer games developer, as chief executive in April next year. Seddon was the architect of an aggressive period of expansion during his four-year stint as managing partner. This came in a […]

Tackling sports law

The area of sports law is becoming increasingly ‘sexy’ and looks about to boom. As Chris Fogarty reports, a wide range of firms and lawyers are set to benefit. Late last year about 30 lawyers got together at Coutts, one of the world’s most prestigious banks, to talk sport. The Queen’s banker was sponsoring a […]

Keeping sex equality on the agenda for the new millennium

The emphasis in the 21st century must shift from fighting discrimination to promoting equality between the sexes, says Kamlesh Bahl. More than 20 years after the creation of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) many changes have been made to reduce inequalities between women and men. I am proud of the many accomplishments during my five […]

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