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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.


Interest rate swap test-case update

Walker Morris’s earlier briefing explained that businessmen Rowley and Green had sought to pursue RBS for compensation following an interest rate swap deal that left them significantly out of pocket. The High Court held that RBS did not make any misstatements to Rowley and Green and did not provide any advice in connection with the […]

Competition and regulation update — WACC: a new world order?

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) on Friday released its Draft rate of return guideline, August 2013 (AER Draft Guideline). The AER Draft Guideline sets out the methodologies, models and other material that the AER proposes to use in estimating the rate of return for regulated energy network businesses, in light of recent changes to the […]


Professional indemnity insurance: Toughing it out

As the renewal season for professional indemnity insurance approaches, insurers see the market hardening How are law firms approaching the 2013 renewal season? Sandra Neilson-Moore, head of solicitors’ PI for Emea, Marsh: Large law firms are organised about the way they are approaching the renewal of their professional indemnity insurance (PII) programmes. Renewals are proceeding […]

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