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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.


Construction & Engineering Guide — December 2013

Developments in technology have revolutionised the way in which business is conducted. The increasing use of cloud services, mobile devices and social media has led to a dramatic rise in the volume of day-to-day business communication. The quantity of electronic documents that is now created can, however, become problematic in the context of disputes that […]

New PRC Consumer Rights Law fills legal void governing data privacy protections — get ready for 3/15/2014 effective date

By Belinda Tang and Jim Halpert The newly revised Consumer Rights and Interests Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) (the Consumer Rights Law, promulgated on 25 October 2013 and becoming effective 15 March 2014) is the first revision of China’s old Consumer Rights Law since its promulgation in 1993. The new Consumer Rights […]


Law Society no confidence vote: Where do you stand?

Is the Law Society in a no-win situation when it comes to challenging the Government over legal aid cuts? Yesterday more than 500 lawyers gathered at Chancery Lane to pass a vote of no confidence in its management, complaining that the negotiations with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over budget cuts had been, at best, […]

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells confirms Immelt as CEO after partner vote closes

Hogan Lovells has confirmed that its US co-head of litigation Steve Immelt will become CEO after a partnership vote approved the move last night (16 December 2013).  The firm has been gearing up for a change of leadership since it was announced that co-CEOs Warren Gorrell and David Harris were to step down next June, […]

Property update — November–December 2013: landlord and tenant

Here is another case involving a tenant who stayed on in commercial premises after a ‘contracted-out’ lease had expired. But, unusually, it was the tenant who got caught out by the consequences. Despite its title, Barclays Wealth Trustees (Jersey) Ltd v Erimus Housing Ltd is not a housing case. The demised premises were used by the […]

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