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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.


Judges slate Victorian judicial reform

Judges working in the Australian state of Victoria have warned that proposals to introduce acting judges within the state court system could impinge the independence of the judiciary. In a letter to the attorney-general of Victoria Rob Hulls, the Judicial Conference of Australia (JCA) has voiced its opposition to the proposed Courts Legislation (Judicial Appointment […]

Hunton & Williams: staying ahead of the AIM game

Hunton has joined the US AIM drive, but it has a secret weapon in Martin Thomas. By Husnara Begum London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is attracting a new generation of adviser these days. As the junior bourse continues to outperform its older brother, a number of larger City firms, historically associated with the full list, […]


Should the courts listen to Max Clifford’s invective of the Hamiltons in his defence against them? In the ghost town that is the law courts, there is a most interesting libel action afoot that continues to fascinate. It is an action between, in the blue corner, Neil Hamilton, famed for the libel action he dramatically […]

Three Rivers intervention for a snip

The Law Society’s successful intervention in this summer’s appeal to the House of Lords in the Three Rivers privilege case was achieved for just £58,000. The society instructed Linklaters and Sir Sydney Kentridge QC of Brick Court Chambers on the case, which was heard by the Lords in July. Kentridge told the Lords that the […]

Nabarros loses out on Grosvenor to Slaughters

Nabarro Nathanson’s bid to develop Grosvenor as a new client has suffered a knock after the property giant opted for Slaughter and May on its £850m Paradise Street regeneration project. Slaughters partners James Featherby and Dermot Rice led the team advising the global property group on the funding of the landmark mixed-use project in Liverpool, which is the […]

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