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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.



Covington, Mishcon and Dorsey & Whitney advise on Rightster IPO

Covington & Burling, Mishcon de Reya and Dorsey & Whitney have advised on the IPO of online video distribution group Rightster.  The British start-up raised £20.4m after floating on the stock market last Tuesday (12 November), putting a market capitalisation on the company of approximately £69.8m. Covington & Burling’s London office advised Rightster on the […]

India’s Competition Act takes shape with enforcement actions and appeals: key cases, key points for international companies

By Robert E Connolly, Nisha Menon and Joywin Mathew Competition law in India has begun to take shape as major enforcement actions involving a host of industries have worked their way from initial complaint to a finding of an infringement and appeal to the Supreme Court of India. The Indian Competition Act 2002 was enacted to ‘promote […]


Harper Macleod hires former Burness managing partner

Harper Macleod has made a swoop for former Burness managing partner Ken Ross as the firm continues to strengthen its Edinburgh office. Ross, who joins as a commercial partner from Balfour and Manson where he headed the commercial team, was managing partner at Burness from 1997 to 2000. The hire of Ross is part of […]

Employers — are you making the most of occupational health?

By Michael Hardiman Employee health can be a significant source of risk for any business and employers increasingly seek help from medical professionals in managing such risk. Occupational health advice may be needed to: assess whether an employee is fit to return to work after long-term absence; consider what reasonable adjustments could be made for […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright cuts 30 roles in Australia

Norton Rose Fulbright has axed 30 jobs across its Australian offices, in a move that took effect earlier this month (14 November). A total of 12 fee earners and 18 support staff were affected, but the firm is yet to disclose which offices and practice areas are involved. The firm said the raft of redundancies […]

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