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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.


Bar Council elects future management team

The joint head of 5 Raymond Buildings Desmond Browne QC has been appointed the Bar Council’s chair-elect for 2009, it was announced today (9 October). The joint head of 5 Raymond Buildings, Desmond Browne QC, has been appointed the Bar Council’s chair-elect for 2009, it was announced today (9 October). Browne, a media law specialist […]

White & Case hires Linklaters ECM partner

White & Case has strengthened its New York capital markets practice with the hire of Linklaters partner Adele Hogan. Hogan, who leaves the magic circle firm after two years, joined Linklaters when the firm went on a hiring spree in 2005 in a bid to ramp up its New York capabilities. She was one of […]

BHP Billiton scoops Freehills chief as new GC

BHP Billiton has appointed Freehills’ managing partner Mike Ferraro as its chief legal counsel following the retirement of John Fast last June. Ferraro, who will take up his new role on January 2008, will be reporting to BHP chief executive office Marius Kloopers. “Ferraro has a strong record of providing strategic commercial and legal advice […]


Lord Mawhinney slams football deals

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hit out at the lack of legal integrity in football players’ contracts. Speaking at a conference held by the British Association of Sports and the Law today, Lord Mawhinney said that few clubs and agents have respect for the contracts of their players. “I have lost count of the […]

Nominet plans to slash expert fees

UK domain name registrar Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service. An expert decision costs the claimant £750, whether the claim is contested or not. But now Nominet is considering lowering that fee to £200 if the other […]

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