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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.

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US firms boost outsourcing at expense of London rivals

Morrison & Foerster’s raid on Shaw Pittman, first reported in The Lawyer last week, was the third eye-catching move into outsourcing by a US firm in the space of a year. Andrew Moyle’s departure for Latham & Watkins started the trend last year, Allen & Overy’s Lawrence Jacobs then joined Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy […]

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 […]

Playing away

It was bonkers, like Willy Wonka’s place, last Monday night (29 November). Linklaters’ communications, media and technology (CMT) team kicked off the party season proper with a champagne reception at Hamleys on Regent Street. The staff shut up shop at 8pm, leaving the Linklaters guests free to wander the store at their leisure and get in some […]

What are you saying?

The FSA has widened its scope to include the regulation of insurance brokers. Michael Wainwright highlights the changes On 31 October 2004, there was a change in the rules regarding the regulation of financial advisers. It meant that more than 30,000 firms (ie businesses that are regulated or will require regulation) and individual advisers required […]

Careers: people

Sokolow Carreras & Associés in Paris has recruited Michel Caillard and Wahib Geagea as partner and of counsel respectively. Corporate partner Caillard joins after five years at Landwell, where he was a member of the worldwide executive committee and head of global M&A. International business law specialist Geagea, who began his career at Dewey Ballantine […]

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