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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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Uni of Law’s Savage calls on SRA to focus on quality of legal practice courses

Regulators should flood legal practice course (LPC) providers with crack teams of monitors to boost teaching standards, says a leading academic amid fears that quality is slipping and students are being shortchanged. The call from the head of the University of Law coincides with a riposte from the two biggest LPC providers to claims from […]

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Sweden’s Mannheimer strengthens employment with Linklaters hire

Sweden’s largest firm, Mannheimer Swartling, is boosting its employment team with the hire of Linklaters’ local employment head Anders Nordstrom. Nordström has been a partner and head of the Nordic employment team at Linklaters since 2001, and has also headed the firm’s Swedish litigation group in the past. He advises the state and corporates on […]

Challenge to fees charged by lenders in the Czech Republic

Over the last few months, the lawfulness of certain fees charged by Czech retail lenders to their borrowers has been challenged. Tens of thousands of customers have reportedly claimed that fees they paid should be refunded. Several first-instance decisions have been issued that ruled that fees were charged unlawfully and should be refunded. These decisions […]

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