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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 slated over value for money

#Legal services complaints commissioner Zahida Manzoor has slammed the Law Society’s complaints arm for not providing value for money, after fining the body £275,000. Manzoor said the society, through the Legal Complaints Service and nominally the Solicitors Regulation Authority, had racked up costs of £36m. She added: “When the Office of Legal Complaints comes into […]

Home breakers

Thousands of Beijing residents have been forced to move in the run-up to the Olympic Games without being adequately compensated. Dr Robert Weatherley looks at another potential breach of human rights by the Chinese authorities


Olswang backtracks on NQ pay freeze

Olswang has backtracked on its decision not to raise its newly qualified (NQ) salary band, having announced last month that NQ pay would be frozen at last year’s levels

Gibson Dunn hires Goodwin litigator in New York

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired Goodwin Proctor IP litigation partner Benjamin Hershkowitz for its New York office. Hershkowitz joins the firm as a partner and will help ramp up their patent infringement and technology litigation capabilities. Gibson Dunn managing partner Ken Doran said: “The growth of our national IP practice has been one of […]

Italian boutique boosts profile with London office

Italian independent firm Negri-Clementi Toffoletto Montironi & Soci (NCTM) is set to launch an office in London. NCTM will become the first major European firm to open in the UK capital since Spain’s Gómez-Acebo & Pombo took the plunge last summer. English and Italian dual-qualified corporate partner Anthony Perotto will be sent to London for […]

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