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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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PwC Legal gains ABS licence

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) legal arm, PwC Legal, has gained an ABS licence, allowing the Big Four accountant to take ownership of the business. PwC said the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) had approved the licence today (31 January), following earlier indications that the accountancy firm was looking to become an ABS (9 September 2013). Rivals Ernst & […]

Mallick of No5 Chambers nominated for 2014 Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono award

Nabila Mallick of No5 Chambers has been nominated for the 2014 Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award. Mallick is a member of three groups at No5 Chambers: employment; immigration, asylum and nationality; and judicial review/High Court challenges. In support of her nomination, a Birmingham-based client wrote: ‘Joe and Jane Public perceive […]


FBI hires investment management GC to lead in-house team

The FBI has turned to investment management firm Bridgewater Associates for general counsel hire James Baker. Baker, who joined Bridgewater as associate general counsel two years ago, succeeds outgoing GC Andrew Weissmann. The agency’s top legal job became available in October, when Weissmann left to become a senior fellow at New York University School of Law. […]

Eversheds Bianchini assists Italian banks on San Giorgio debt restructuring agreement

Eversheds Bianchini has advised a pool of Italian banks led by Unicredit on a debt restructuring agreement for San Giorgio and its group of companies, including New Jersey Srl and Imprenditori Riuniti. The financial restructuring covered in particular the restructuring of senior loan facilities for the development and construction of the shopping mall Le Centurie, […]

Belief in ‘democratic socialism’ can amount to a philosophical belief for the purpose of a religion or belief discrimination

This first-instance employment tribunal decision nicely illustrates that there is sometimes, but rarely, an exception to the general rule that support of a political party does not amount to a ‘philosophical belief’ capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010.  Mr Olivier was a Labour councillor and active campaigning member of the Labour party for […]

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