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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.


Drew Lewis

What’s next for predictive coding?

Those of us in the eDiscovery industry recall that 2012 was declared the ’year of predictive of coding’. Despite a similar prediction for 2013, many of us assumed predictive coding would continue to be the focus for corporate clients and become further engrained in legal culture. However, even though adoption rates seemed to level off, […]

What can go wrong in structured trade and commodity finance — lessons for China

Structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) is central to international trade and is progressively becoming an important source of finance for Chinese companies, given that China is now the most significant player in the commodities market. Since the introduction of the free-trade zones (FTZs) in China, there has been increasing discussion among Chinese leaders on […]

Corporate Matters — January 2014: government proposals for enhancing corporate transparency

The government has been consulting on proposals to enhance corporate transparency. Draft legislation is expected shortly but there is more than a strong possibility that the current relaxed approach to beneficial ownership and nominee directors may be about to change. Corporate finance professionals, intermediaries, funds and corporates will need to confront a less flexible regime… […]


Egypt: Hope springs eternal

Instability has dogged the economy for the past few years but a new constitution brings prospect of a brighter future For a while last year it seemed as though Egypt had got through its ‘Arab Spring’ turmoil. In mid-2012, in the country’s first-ever democratic elections, Mohammed Morsi was elected president and slowly business began to […]

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