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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.

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In the tax reform crosshairs: the advertising deduction

By Bruce Thompson and Evan M Migdail The tax deduction for advertising expenses has clearly become a target for Congressional tax reformers. Under current law, advertising costs are fully deductible as an ordinary business expense. Both the House and Senate Tax Committee chairmen are considering proposals to limit the deduction for advertising expenses. Senate Finance […]

Clarification of corporate contempt

In underlying proceedings to Back Office Ltd v Percival & Others, former employees of Back Office who had set up a rival payroll services firm settled claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of covenant and unlawful conspiracy. Settlement was achieved by the giving of undertakings that the rival firm, known as Liquidity, and named ex-Back Office […]

Shared parental leave confirmed from April 2015

By Antonia Blackwell The government has confirmed that it will introduce a new system of shared parental leave by April 2015. On 29 November the government published its response to the consultation on the administration of shared parental leave and pay, launched in February 2013. The document confirms some of the finer details of the […]

Mandela, Kentridge and the rule of law

The world is grieving today over the loss of Nelson Mandela. Chief among those mourners, we suspect, will be legendary advocate Sir Sydney Kentridge QC. The 90-year old silk, a tenant at Brick Court, defended the South African leader in 1958 when he was charged with treason and played a core part in seeking justice […]

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