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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.


Oxley quits politics for law firm

The co-author of the infamous Sarbanes-Oxley Act has entered private practice, joining Ohio-headquartered Baker Hostetler in Washington DC. Michael Oxley, who was an Ohio representative (the US equivalent of an MP) in Congress until January of this year, will join Baker Hostetler’s 80-lawyer Washington DC office as of counsel, and will build up a public […]

Play with your tackle

The institution that is the Lawyers’ Fishing Club is casting around for members again. Tulkinghorn is only too happy to help promote the worthy cause. Each year the club holds its beginners’ day, “the flourish with which we begin the season’s events”, as Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw real estate partner and fishing club stalwart […]

Scottish bar looks to ape England’s ‘dynamism’

The Scottish bar is making swift efforts to parallel the English bar’s marketing and hospitality strategies, despite English efforts to crack down on the practices. The move comes as the English Bar Standards Board closed its consultation last Thursday (1 March) which looked at whether entertainment of solicitors and other clients by barristers in England […]


Talk to a managing partner about diversity and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get 20 interupted, breathless minutes of politically correct, cliché-laden claptrap. And Tulkinghorn Towers has been overwhelmed in recent weeks with firms eager to publicise their diversity statistics in The Lawyer‘s forthcoming Careers Report. So Tulkinghorn was more than a little taken aback […]

MFB wins ECJ date to solve jurisdiction conundrum

Maritime law firm MFB Solicitors has won a referral to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on a key question regarding arbitration governance. The point at issue is whether a court of a member state can grant an anti-suit injunction to restrain a party from bringing proceedings in a court of another member state where […]

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