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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.


In-house attractions tempt firms' finest

The latest in-house salary survey (page 10-11) might well make depressing reading for those at management levels in the top City firms. According to the survey, carried out by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins, senior in-house counsel are now commanding salaries which rival the income of partners in top firms. On top of this, in-house lawyers […]

Litigation Personal Injury 12/7/99

Marc Stephen Rayment (By his father & next friend Stephen Ronald William) v Ministry of Defence (1999) QBD (Alliott J) 21 June 199Claimant: Male, new born at date of accident; 15 years old at date of settlement Incident: The claimant’s mother (‘M’) was admitted to a military hospital in July 1985 for the birth of […]

McDermotts expands London litigation team

US firm McDermott Will & Emery has announced the appointment of three associates to its London litigation group. Nick Vodovich joins from Gouldens and Samantha McBain from Lovell White Durrant. Kate Learoyd will join the firm from Rowe & Maw in August. John Reynolds, who heads the litigation group, says: “They are lawyers of the […]

The Lawyer is in-house favourite

A survey of in-house lawyers reveals that The Lawyer is by far the most widely read legal publication. The survey of 700 lawyers at 200 in-house departments was conducted at the end of April by legal recruitment consultants, Garfield Robbins in association with The Lawyer. It revealed that 85 per cent of in-house lawyers read […]

Legal chief quits Pearson as media giant eyes US market

Pearson, the international media giant, has parted company with its head of legal as it refocuses its operation towards the US. Group legal director and company secretary Paul Vickers has already left the company but a replacement has yet to be found. Pearson is now looking to recruit a US-qualified lawyer to replace Vickers as […]

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