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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.


Wragge & Co invites students to ‘day in the life of a lawyer’ open day

Wragge & Co has given 90 students a taster of the legal profession by inviting them to a one-day career event. The ‘day in the life of a lawyer’ open day is aimed at year-12 students in the Midlands who are interested in a career in law. The event is targeted at talented students from […]


Squire Sanders taps DLA Piper. Again

The New Year transfer window is well and truly open, and while laterals are nothing exceptional these days, it’s notable that Squire Sanders appears to have picked up in January where it left off in December in terms of its ongoing raid on DLA Piper. If your New Year’s hangover has now receded (yes, we […]


A panto-style fees break from Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing offers IT start-ups five ‘magic beans’ if they sign up to fixed-fee product My name is Tech and the Beanstalk. Who am I? No, not The Lawyer Christmas panto production, nor an educational video game. Far from it. It is a fixed-fee service for technology SMEs. And there are no nasty surprises in […]

Revealed: The Top 20 Cases 2014

Across the country criminal barristers have shunned court today, downing tools in a protest against further legal aid budget cuts by the Government. This is one almighty row that refuses to die down, yet it is being met with an air of scepticism by the public. Perhaps that’s because, at the other end of the […]

Partnership restructuring coming your way

The New Year has kicked off with major headaches for finance teams across the UK, as they start in earnest to wrestle with HMRC’s national insurance contributions (NIC)-related early Christmas present. In case you missed it, late last year HMRC unveiled its proposals for changes to the partnership tax regime, a move aimed at dealing […]

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