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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.


Pension schemes: pension protection fund and contingent assets

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has published its Levy Estimate for the 2013/14 levy year. The PPF estimate for 2013-14 is £630m; an increase of 15% from the 2012/13 estimate of £550m. Readers will note that the Levy Estimate, which the PPF states was the main focus of the responses to the consultation exercise, has […]


Hot 100: Daniel Toledano QC, One Essex Court

“The drama of the court has always attracted me,” says One Essex Court’s Daniel Toledano QC (Scroll down for video interview), who has made the transition from junior to silk look seamless. Called to the bar in 1993, Toledano took silk in 2009 and has never looked back. Now regularly cited as one of the […]

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Clydes begins consultation with 10 support staff

Clyde & Co has become the latest firm to announce a redundancy consultation in 2013, with fewer than 10 support staff jobs at risk. The firm has put a number of support staff, understood to be fewer than 10, into redundancy consultation. Clydes has been reviewing its business services teams since its merger with Barlow […]

Mayor Brown advises on US commercial paper programme

Mayer Brown has announced today that it advised China International Marine Containers (Hong Kong) Limited (CIMC) on the establishment of a $600m US commercial paper programme supported by a letter of credit from Bank of China, New York Branch. The transaction marks one of the first letter of credit-backed US commercial paper programmes by an […]

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