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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.


Revealed: 81 per cent of top UK firms have no black partners

Eighty one per cent of the UK’s top law firms have no black partners, with just 3.7 per cent of partners coming from ethnic minorities, according to the Black Solicitors Network’s (BSN) 2007 diversity league table. However, this is an improvement on last year, when only 3 per cent of partners came from ethnic minorities. […]

Scotland – the rave

It appears there’s a bit of a legal ‘love-in’ going on since Baroness Scotland was appointed attorney general. Scotland, who was a founding member and former head of chambers of 1 Gray’s Inn Square, has received accolades from across the legal profession. Phrases such as ‘talented’, ‘sharp-minded’, ‘a pleasing choice’ and even ‘a great gal’ […]

Mecom continues growth with hire of London GC

Respected former Pearson and 3 general counsel Paul Vickers has re-emerged at burgeoning publishing company Mecom. Vickers joined Mecom last week (2 July) as general counsel and company secretary with a remit to build a legal and company secretarial function. Since its AIM listing in March 2005 Mecom has transformed from a cash shell to […]

Dark matters

An unhealthy obsession with carpets seems to have spread across the magic circle, from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to Allen & Overy (A&O). Word reaches Tulkinghorn Towers from the illustrious Modern Carpets & Textiles for Interiors magazine (what? It was a slow news day) that a tapestry commissioned by A&O for its Spitalfields offices was just […]


CEDR launches arbitration commission

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) today launched its Commission on Settlement in International Arbitration. The new commission, which was launched at its first meeting at the Herbert Smith offices, will investigate ways of making arbitration more cost-effective and ways of settling disputes earlier. A CEDR spokesman said: “International arbitration is attracting increasing amounts […]

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