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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.


Andrew Leaitherland

DWF has positive first half thanks to merger activity

DWF has reported a half-year turnover rise to £59m following several mergers, with a 7.6 per cent growth in like-for-like revenue. The firm announced turnover of “over £59m” for the first half of the 2012/13 financial year, a rise of 31 per cent compared to £45m at the same point last year (14 November 2011). […]

Richard Parsons

Sony turns to Wiggin for hire of legal affairs chief

Sony Picture Television (SPT) has hired Wiggin consultant Richard Parsons as senior vice-president for corporate business and legal affairs. In his new role Parsons, a former legal director of Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine Group and BBC Worldwide (28 January 2011), is expected primarily to manage acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships for Sony’s international production arm. […]

Boris: UK is the way

With his mop of blond hair, clownish features, booming voice and ability to draw a crowd, Boris Johnson makes an ideal circus master. And this week he has been encouraging defamed oligarchs and their divorce-hunting spouses to roll up, roll up and bring their high-net-worth public spectacles to the UK courts. This is a welcome […]


Sleazy come, sleazy go

Bulgaria is fighting hard to emerge from the long shadow of corruption In brief Bulgaria is a country with much potential, but there are a number of hurdles to be overcome before the jurisdiction can make the most of the opportunities it offers. A perception of corruption lingers and the legal market still has some […]

Peter Martyr

Norton Rose Fulbright to adopt aligned remuneration systems

Norton Rose’s UK arm will retain control of partner remuneration decisions for the firm’s Emea offices following next year’s tie-up with America’s Fulbright & Jaworski. The firm will initially operate separate partner pay systems for the UK LLP, which covers Emea, and the legacy Fulbright side, with decisions about partners’ profit shares taken by distinct […]

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