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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.


Law Society condemns mental health bill

The Law Society today condemned government proposals for a new mental health bill. Chief executive Janet Paraskeva said that the bill does not help people suffering from mental health problems, instead concentrating on the perceived danger posed by those people. The society also says that the bill’s definition of mental health is too broad, and […]

Lord Mayor calls for freedom of practice for international law firms in South Korea

The Lord Mayor of London this week praised South Korea’s efforts to allow international law firms to have a presence in the country. Robert Finch, the current Lord Mayor and a partner at Linklaters, was speaking at a seminar in the South Korean capital Seoul organised by the Law Society and the Korean Bar Association. […]

Legal widow

Bang! Waaah! So begins another fun-filled day in the Lawyer’s household, this time with Liability sobbing her heart out in the bathroom because her father won’t let her have a mobile phone. “You are SEVEN YEARS OLD!” he shouts at her. “At your age I was lucky to be allowed to see my friends, let […]

News capers

A raft of newspaper raids has heightened fears of an attack on press freedom. Keith Brandt investigates The summer of 2004 has proved to be a tumultuous period for press freedom in Hong Kong. Raids carried out by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on the newsrooms of seven Hong Kong newspapers were […]

CC beats Freshfields and CMS to be 3i’s top German adviser

CMS to be 3i’s top German adviser” />Clifford Chance has dealt a blow to rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and CMS Hasche Sigle after winning a place on 3i’s German panel. The magic circle firm has been retained to act on large management buyouts, leaving CMS to advise on venture capital and smaller deals. There was no […]

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