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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.


Partner trio set to quit Hammonds

Hunton & Williams has scooped its second Hammonds partner in three months with the hire of John Deacon to kick-start a London construction practice. Deacon’s departure coincides with that of two other Hammonds partners, who both announced their resignations last week. London-based head of technology Ged O’Neill and Birmingham commercial and IP partner Jonathan Moore are both set to […]

Wachtell secures major victory for Silverstein in World Trade Centre litigation

Lawyers for World Trade Centre leaseholder Larry Silverstein have secured a major victory over insurers after a jury ruled that the September 11 attacks constituted two separate occurrences for insurance purposes. As reported yesterday by the New York Lawyer, (7 December), the verdict in this, the second insurance trial, will see Silverstein and the site’s […]


Spanish wiseWhile Abbey’s new owners Banco Santander Central Hispano had to shell out £9m on postage and packaging for Abbey’s scheme of arrangement document, the Spanish bank has proved itself a master at screwing down its law firms on fees. Sources close to the deal say Santander’s law firm Clifford Chance picked up just £4m […]

Justice calls for greater independence for judicial inquiries

Human rights and law reform organisation Justice is urging the government to increase the independence of judicial inquiries ahead of tomorrow’s second reading in the House of Lords of the Inquiries Bill (Thursday 9 December). Justice says that the Bill needs to make a distinction between inquiries carried out by judges and those chaired by […]

DLA goes galactic

Matheu Swallow, deputy editor It’s no good, we’ve failed. As hard as we’ve tried (and believe me, we’ve tried) we just couldn’t do it. Despite devoting the newsdesk’s not inconsiderable efforts to the task of finding a dissenting voice at DLA over its transatlantic merger (on press day to boot), we just couldn’t find anyone […]

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