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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.



Offshore: Fiduciaries – Split the difference

Offshore law firms have long supplemented their legal offerings with fiduciary business, but will that model last? In March offshore firm Walkers, announced it was disposing of its fiduciary business, Walkers Management Services (WMS). WMS was being sold to global trust company Intertrust. Intertrust acquired 100 per cent of WMS’s shares and the fiduciary’s staff […]


The real estate top 10

Foreign investment in prime London real estate and UK companies’ willingness to embrace alternative assets is keeping law firm property teams afloat. James Swift reports Real estate is in a state of flux. The economics on which practices are based changed with the property crash in 2007 and firms are still re-shaping their teams to […]

Featured case: Civil procedure

Simmons v Castle. First interested party: Association of British Insurers; second interested party: Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; third interested party: Personal Injuries Bar Association. [2012] EWCA Civ 1288. Lord Judge LCJ; Lord Neuberger (MR); Maurice Kay LJ. 10 October 2012 The court amended the guidance in Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039 by […]

Parabis marches north with launch in Scotland

Insurance firm Parabis has launched in Scotland with the hire of HBJ Claim Solutions litigation head Tony O’Malley. The firm has opened the single-partner office in Glasgow as an initial step in developing a Scottish presence for its existing client base that has business north of the border. The Scottish office will be known as […]

JPMorgan GC takes Emea role following internal revamp

JPMorgan has confirmed the revamped structure of its in-house legal team following the merger of its investment bank and treasury and securities units, with senior London-based lawyer Karen Linney taking on a broader role as Emea general counsel for the overall business. Linney, previously general counsel of the investment banking division, has been appointed as […]

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