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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.


The week’s Asian movers and shakers

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the only Asian news of the last week was King & Wood Mallesons’ ground-breaking merger with SJ Berwin – and indeed the repercussions of the move will resound for some time. KWM’s growth is also continuing organically, with the firm picking up the former NBA China general counsel, Steven […]

Recent developments regarding French online piracy law

By Gregory Tulquois If French internet users have been caught unlawfully sharing and/or downloading copyrighted works on the internet, they will no longer be subject to disconnection/suspension of their internet access. On 9 July 2013, a French decree removed this penalty. As a reminder, the so-called French HADOPI Law, adopted in 2009, provided for a […]

Grain store

The Lawyer Eats: Nicky Richmond visits the Grain Store

Brecher managing partner Nicky Richmond found she wasn’t keen on surprises when she visited Grain Stores. You know when a new film comes out and even before you’ve read the reviews, somebody tells you that you’re going to love it and it’s the best film they have ever seen? That. I’d been looking forward to […]

Shale gas — tax breaks and planning guidance certainty

On 19 July 2013, HM Treasury published a consultation on a new fiscal regime for shale gas. On the same day, and to much less fanfare, the Department of Communities and Local Government issued guidance on how shale gas (and other onshore oil and gas) developments should proceed through England’s planning system. With the former […]


Moves 5 August

Move of the week Brodies has added DLA Piper partner Neil Burgess to its corporate team. Burgess will be based in Glasgow and focuses on acquisitions, disposals and investments both in the UK and overseas. He was at DLA for eight years, six and a half of which spent were as a partner, having previously […]

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