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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.


What a bunch of Wonkas

It’s good to see that the lawyers at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft are doing their best to keep the spirit of youth alive. On a recent trip to the firm’s London offices (soon to be renamed Wonka Wilkinson and the Sweetie Factory), Tulkinghorn was surprised to see bowls of sweets scattered around the office instead […]

Shearman & Sterling gets new London arbitration head

Shearman & Sterling Paris arbitration partner David Reed is moving across the Channel to become the firm’s new London arbitration head. Reed, who was made up in 2004 after nine years as an associate with Shearman, will become the firm’s first partner specialising in arbitration in London. He joins counsel Penny Madden and six associates […]

Deus ex Machina

The Lawyer’s recent exposé of Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold potentially being forced to stand down, or even leave the country, come 2012 if the organisers of the London Olympics have their way is causing widespread concern among lawyers with metallic-sounding names. Indeed, the article, entitled ‘Gold to be fingered by London 2012?’ prompted […]

Deals Comment

The completion of the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) contract “realignment” (its words, not ours) with EDS has caused much political fuss. But the complexity of EDS’s relationship with the DWP is nothing compared with the complexity of the DWP’s relationships with its lawyers (see news, page 3). The final outcome sees victories for […]

Internet bumps up use of Citizens Advice Euro arm

A specialist Citizens Advice cross-border advice service handled disputes valued at more than £1m over the last 12 months and acted for almost two-thirds more European consumers than it did the previous year. The European Consumer Centre (ECC), run by Citizens Advice, helps people resolve problems related to goods and services bought cross-border in Europe. […]

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