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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.



Off and on relationships

As evidenced by Ireland, the growing strength of ’offshore’ centres and their firms means they’re closer than ever to their ’onshore’ counterparts. By Paul Govier  The offshore legal market has changed dramatically over the past decade. Prior to 2000 it was virtually unheard of for an offshore law firm to practise the laws of […]

Peter Cockhill

On the move

Offshore firm Ogier has named Peter Cockhill as managing partner in its Cayman Islands office. Cockhill, who has held the job on an interim basis since June 2010, will replace outgoing head James Bergstrom, who is taking over as managing partner in Hong Kong. Move of the week Cockhill joined Ogier 12 years ago and […]


Tough call

The recent decision by a Mumbai court in the Vodafone case means the role of offshore financial centres in Indian transactions has become a more complex and different animal. By Chetan Nagendra No international tax case has generated as much controversy and literature in recent times as the ­September 2010 Mumbai High Court judgment in Vodafone International Holdings […]

Safe in the knowledge

Offshore practitioners can breathe easy that they will be able to cope with any hazards thrown up by the AIFMD. Ben Robins sheds some light on the issues likely to be facing investor clients  What keeps you awake at night? Professional investors, particularly pension fund ­managers, will have occasion to worry about maximising client returns, […]

Work Life Quiz: Deepak Nambisan, Fountain Court

What was your first-ever job? Outdoor clerk for a high street law firm, being paid £50 a week. As I drove a pimp to trial for attempted murder, I learnt the best method for passing cigarettes between two pimps travelling in separate cars on a motorway. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being […]

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