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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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Allen & Overy posts revenue dip in first half

Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced a 3 per cent drop in its revenue for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, turning over £566m in the six months from 1 May. The magic circle firm’s income figure compares with £582m for the same period in 2011/12, although the firm said its half-year turnover […]

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Finers and Howard Kennedy draw up new merger timetable

The delayed merger between London firms Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) and Howard Kennedy will now go live on 1 February. Delays in the process have seen the original ambitious date of 1 November pass without any official announcement. FSI managing partner Paul Millett said the members’ agreement has been finalised this week and is being […]

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Guernsey: image is everything

Guernsey bids for global lead as it prepares to pass image rights legislation Jonathan Riley, partner, Lawrence Graham The Image Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Ordinance 2012 was published on 19 October. The draft is expected to be approved at the States Meeting on 28 November and come into effect on 3 December.  Image rights, which […]

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High Court dismisses claim against Evening Standard as “attempt at extortion”

Mr Justice Tugendhat has slammed a claimant who attempted to sue London Evening Standard journalist Andrew Gilligan calling the case an “attempt at extortion”. Throwing out the claim the High Court judge said the dispute, alleging breach of confidence, or misuse of private information, was a “breach of process”. Claimant Peter Abbey instructed lawyers at […]

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Ashurst reveals 6 per cent H1 revenue slump

Ashurst has announced a 6 per cent like-for-like drop in revenues for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, with total half-year billings standing at £145m. The figure is down on £154m for the first six months of 2011/12 and includes income from the legacy Ashurst business, while excluding revenue for the Australian arm […]

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