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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.


Luxembourg’s Elvinger opens Hong Kong base

Luxembourg firm Elvinger Hoss & Prussen is launching a representative office in Hong Kong next month, its first overseas base. Elvinger follows its larger rival Arendt & Medernach to Asia and is targeting similar work, in the investment funds and capital markets arenas. Partner Katia Panichi is relocating full-time to Hong Kong as of mid-June […]

Wealth and safety

The careful management of wealth for future generations is a hot topic for the well-off, with private client lawyers at the heart of the decision-making In brief The Budget this year was called a ‘Budget for millionaires’ by Labour, but the Coalition insisted it would hit the rich. In this week’s report our panel of […]

The Lawyer Management: SGH Martineau

Jon Preston joined SGH Martineau in 1987 as part of the support function, later becoming marketing assistant, senior manager and then director. Briefly describe your role To be an effective marketing and business development director (M&BD) you need the skills of a politician, diplomat and negotiator while being an ambassador for the firm. Key elements […]

Have shares, will care

Forcing shareholders to exercise their rights of stewardship may sound good, but is not without difficulties Who is the rightful owner of a company may seem like an easy question for lawyers brought up to respect black print and authority. The joint stock company was invented to allow those with money but little commercial acumen […]


Insufficient funds: cash crisis looms

Eurozone chaos allied to UK economic weakness could hit firms’ ability to access the funding they need The eurozone crisis is the dominant theme in almost all serious media. In the past four years the story has risen and fallen like the tide, but has never gone away. However, some serious commentators are warning that […]

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