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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.



Travers Smith Braithwaite and Herbert Smith acted recently in relation to the flotation of Pace Micro Technology whose principal business is the development

Law Soc's Hern bides her time as redundancy package offered

Former Law Society director of management planning Jane Hern – whose job was abolished by the internal shake-up of new secretary general Jane Betts in August – is expected to announce her plans for the future early this week. Hern has been offered the new post of director of policy or the option of taking […]

Relax stance on Lockerbie urges lawyer

The Us and UK must relax their position on the Lockerbie trial location if they want to get the two Libyans accused of the bombing to court, the Scottish lawyer representing the two will tell a London conference this week. Alistair Duff, who is acting for the accused men, Abriel Busset ali Megrahi and Lamen […]

Herbert Smith handles £1.75bn Swiss Re acquisition of M&G

Herbert Smith is advising giant reinsurance company Swiss Re which is splashing out £1.75 billion to buy rival Mercantile & General from parent group Prudential Corporation. Freshfields is acting for Prudential. Commenting on the transaction, Herbert Smith partner Mark Satterly said: “This acquisition is part of a trend in the City which has seen a […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Susskind

Richard Susskind was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 28 March 1961. He now lives in Hertfordshire and is special adviser at Masons. What was your first job? Selling ice-cream in a Baskin Robbins shop in Glasgow. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? As a law student in 1979, I averaged £3 per […]

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