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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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White & Case opens office in Kazakhstan capital

White & Case has opened an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, marking its second base in Kazakhstan. The new office will be headed by energy partner Maxim Telemtayev, who manages the firm’s operations in Kazakhstan and will split his time between Astana and Almaty. He joined the firm’s Almaty office in 2011 from Macleod Dixon, where […]

Employee shareholder contracts guidance published

In its July employment briefing, Walker Morris reported on the new employee shareholder status contracts that came into force on 1 September 2013. In stark contrast to the amount of publicity and debate on this subject, reported take-up so far has been negligible. The government has now published guidance on the new contracts as well as separate […]

Wandering clouds — emerging trends in cloud services contracts

With offerings provided ‘as a service’ becoming increasingly prevalent, more lawyers in both private practice and in-house will be seeing cloud-related contract terms and wondering what to do with them; are they really negotiable and to what extent? Are supplier positions reasonable? Certainly in the initial ‘launch’ phase of cloud offerings (i.e. those offered on […]

Woolworths’ case on collective redundancy — BIS granted permission to appeal

Walker Morris reported on the case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd (in administration) and another case, UKEAT/0547/12; 0548/12 (otherwise known as the ‘Woolworths case’), in its recent business insight.  The case was a landmark decision on collective redundancy law holding that the words ‘at one establishment’ should be totally excised from the Trade Union […]

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Hogan Lovells’ lawyers cast off their chains

Firm closes Berlin office after lawyers go in search of the conflict-free life at MoFo Conflicts are often an issue for international offices caught up in a global merger and Hogan Lovells seems to have suffered particularly in the years since its tie-up. A key client for one group is not necessarily a key client […]

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