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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.


Ex-Hogan Lovells partner jailed for three years

Former Hogan Lovells partner Christopher Grierson was today jailed for three years after pleading guilty to one of the most high-profile law firm frauds in UK history (see story) Grierson began falsifying travel expenses at his firm in 2008 and carried on until 2011, stealing £1.27m in total. He can expect to service half of […]

Motor matters

Following the OFT’s report into the motor insurance, the Competition Commission is now in a position to apply a uniform solution, says Angus Coulter On 31 May the Office of Fair Trading issued its report on its market study into private motor insurance. It has provisionally decided to make a market investigation reference to the […]

Rachel Dineley

Age of reason

Age discrimination, the decisions in Seddon and Tiffin and the employment ramifications of firms becoming ABSs are the hot issues for the peer panel What impact have the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 had since implementation?   Charis Damiano, counsel, CM ­Murray: Prior to the implementation of the regulations, individuals who suffered from discrimination on […]

Ananda Martin

Chinese arbitration goes global

New rules governing China’s arbitration body should open it up to international parties Foreign parties have long viewed ­arbitration before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Cietac) with trepidation. One of the main reasons for this was the fact that Cietac’s rules – one of the defining characteristics of an arbitration service provider […]


Clifford Chance doesn’t share in Oz’s common wealth

Clifford Chance partners Down Under are walking along Bondi Beach screaming “strewth” this morning after hearing the worst news to hit the island (look, it’s Jubilee weekend so we’ll call it what we like) since Harold Bishop went missing. The magic circle giant has emerged as the only UK firm with an Australia presence not […]

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