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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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Top 20 stories of 2016

It’s been a busy and slightly bizarre year on TheLawyer.com. 2016 has seen the biggest UK merger in recent history (CMS Nabarwang, as we still like to call it) and the trials of King & Wood Mallesons’ troubled European arm.

The best of The Lawyer’s long reads 2016

The Lawyer’s long reads – a series of deep dives into individual law firms – have shaped the legal agenda in 2016. From branding Sidley Austin ‘beige’, Kirkland & Ellis ‘wobbly’, publishing a picture of a kitten on a profile of Shearman & Sterling, to hunting down Simon Olswang to find out who sank his firm, here are the best cover features of the year.

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