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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.


Gilbert & Tobin launches alliance with King & Wood

Australia’s Gilbert & Tobin has entered into a strategic alliance with China’s largest commercial law firm King & Wood. Under the alliance, the firms will create a joint partner committee to cater for clients in China, to develop their businesses across Asia Pacific and to share legal and management skills. Gilbert & Tobin managing partner […]



Mauritius is tightening up its financial regulation in a bid to become a key global market. By Malcolm Moller The Financial Services Act 2007, the Securities (Amendment) Act 2007 and the Insurance (Amendment) Act 2007 all came into force in Mauritius on 28 September 2007. The objective of the legislature was to provide an efficient […]

GC100 chair calls for secondment pledge

The chair of the in-house lobbying group GC100 has called on law firms to ensure that all potential partners spend at least two spells on secondment at companies. Helen Mahy, general counsel and company secretary of FTSE100 company National Grid, told The Lawyer: “I can’t see that secondments give anything other than an advantage to […]

Switzerland: hedge funds

Switzerland is slowly becoming a player in the hedge fund market, but it can do more to attract investors, says René Bösch In comparison with other countries, until recently Switzerland did not play a significant role in the hedge fund industry, except that the Swiss banks manage a huge asset basis that also seeks investments […]

Eversheds reports 10 per cent growth

Eversheds has seen half year turnover grow in line with its three-year strategy with a 10 per cent increase to £196m from £176.4m for the same period last year. The firm said it is ahead of target in delivering its strategic growth plans and profit targets despite significant investment in new offices in Leeds and […]

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