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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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Special report: Iberia

Iberian lawyers are hoping that having worked in a relatively flat market pre-economic downturn will mean a slower and less painful crash in 2009. In fact, as the first report from Portugal highlights, lawyers in Spain’s neighbouring country believe that the market recovery may leave them in a better position than before. Elections due to […]

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Linklaters bags key role in Wedgwood administration

Linklaters has been named adviser to the administrator of another failing UK business, with Deloitte instructing the firm on the administration of luxury goods maker Waterford Wedgwood. Linklaters has been named as adviser to the administrator of another failing UK business, with Deloitte instructing the firm on the administration of luxury goods maker Waterford Wedgwood. […]

Litigation Focus: 2009’s top 10 court battles

Corruption, fraud and professional ­negligence are the common themes dominating litigation in the next 12 months. This could signal the very beginning of the credit crunch fallout. If The Lawyer’s annual top cases survey is anything to go by, 2010 will see more rogue traders battling it out in court, especially with the likes of […]

Glut of law firms to face actions for negligence

Scores of law firms are in the firing line for professional negligence claims this year, The Law­yer’s annual top cases­ survey reveals. Eversheds, along with Browne Jacobson, is facing a battle with Nationwide Building Society worth more than £20m after the financial lender found itself the victim of mortgage fraud. Linklaters ;is ;suing Fladgate Fielder […]

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Trouble at t’ bank?

I have had a lot of calls over the last few months from Managing Partners and Finance Directors of law firms asking for a second opinion as to whether the renewal terms offered by their bank are reasonable. These conversations invariably contain expressions such as “usury”, “daylight robbery”, “kicking a man while he is down” […]

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