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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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Cat bonds, which cover the risk of natural disasters, have become big business offshore. Anthony Smyth and Philip Paschalides report on Irish and Cayman dominance in the sector The recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, together with other major natural catastrophes in both Australia and New Zealand, have caused large-scale devastation and tragic loss of […]

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Camerons spurned City for a cheaper address

CMS Cameron McKenna turned down a building in the heart of the legal district for its new City offices in favour of a cheaper alternative in Shoreditch. The news comes after Hackney Council granted planning approval for ­property developer Hammerson’s £500m Principal Place development north of Bishopsgate, which the firm plans to move into in […]

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Behind the times

In media law the complaint is that current libel regulations are out of touch with the internet age. The same problem has struck the retail sector, with big brands complaining that online auction websites are flouting trademark rights by helping their users trade in counterfeit goods. eBay, the king of auction sites, has been subjected […]

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Leveson J to lead tabloid phone-hacking inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed appellate judge Lord Justice Leveson to head the public inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed News International. The news comes on the same day that News International’s legal head Tom Crone has parted company with the Rupert Murdoch-owned business (13 July 2011). While the scope of the […]

Hunton & Williams partner losses spark redundancy round

US firm Hunton & Williams has confirmed it has made nine staff redundant in its London office following a spate of partner exits which have seen the firm’s City base shrink by more than 60 per cent over the past three months. London managing partner Bridget Treacy said the redundancies included one counsel, two associates […]

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