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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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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 […]

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, […]

Last Christmas

Tulkinghorn, as the saying goes, kids you not. The depths to which firms will sink to get publicity just got lower, the cheesiness of marketing ideas just got smellier. And it’s all thanks to Welsh powerhouse Leo Abse & Cohen. It actually almost hurts to type these words, but here goes: the firm has had […]

Hailsham Chambers wins 6 Pump Court team

Six tenants from Kieran Coonan QC’s 6 Pump Court have joined Hailsham Chambers, bolstering its professional negligence and medical practices.Three of them – Andrew Post, Alexander Hutton and Roger Mallalieu – also specialise in legal costs litigation, a key area of 6 Pump Court’s work.Also joining is former Shepherd + Wedderburn assistant Fiona Patterson who […]

Home front

Since New Labour was elected, the Home Office legal team has been under pressure. Legal head David Seymour talks to Brendan Malkin about effective housekeeping Two weeks have passed since the Queen’s Speech. However, there is little letup in the workload of the person largely responsible for its creation: David Seymour, the Home Office’s legal […]

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