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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.



This section can be summarised by one question: how do companies get finance when bank lending remains stagnant? After the credit crunch rocked the money markets in 2008 ­traditional forms of financing became scarce. Despite net bank lending to businesses rising by £4.4bn in January 2011 – after a massive £34bn drop the month before […]

Low going

Litigation funding is changing. David Engel highlights the elements that will go to make an altogether more sophisticated regime Funding options can offer greater certainty on, and control of, costs, even in big-ticket commercial litigation. A litigation funding package typically ­comprises one or more of a conditional fee arrangement (CFA) with the solicitors and/or barristers, […]

Banco bonus

Spain’s legal market is emerging from the downturn in good shape thanks mainly to the government’s move to restructure the country’s financial services sector. A cross Europe law firms have been riding the turmoil of the past two years on a wave of restructuring and contentious work. Wherever you turn, the story is the same. […]

Thought, provoked

As George Osborne dazzles the nation with his devilishly cunning plans for how to prompt economic growth, cut costs, tackle inflation and improve healthcare provisions for captive polar bears all at the same time, it would be unsurprising if he hadn’t sought a bit of counsel. And the young whippersnapper of a Chancellor could do […]


Focus: Energy M&A – Texas tea party

The energy sector is booming and in scouting out opportunities in Houston and challenging the Lone Star State’s incumbent players, some of the planet’s biggest firms are hot on the trail  It is known as the ’shale gale’, a gust of energy-related change blowing across the North American oil and gas industry. Shale, a […]

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