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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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East Africa: Triumvirate of power

East Africa is a buoyant and increasingly integrated region, with oil and gas driving its future. Meanwhile, a liberalised legal market is emerging There are many synergies between East Africa’s three largest economies – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda – not least their strong independent law firms. While each has its own geopolitical issues to grapple […]

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Ireland: Coming back strong

Property prices are rising again and this time Ireland’s lawyers are confident it is no bubble, while talk of an early wind-up for Nama hints at austerity’s end Ireland’s ‘bad bank’, the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) was controversial when it was set up in December 2009, but just under four years down the line […]

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PII: More changes ahead

The professional indemnity insurance market was shaken by last year’s adjustments, and now the SRA has additional proposals Last year was unusually turbulent for firms looking to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII), resulting in brokers voicing concerns over the SRA’s handling of the renewals process after the regulator admitted it had lost track of some […]

Knowledge Management

Knowledge management: Learning curve

The KM conversation has moved from internal document creation and management to creating value for the client How is the role of the knowledge management (KM) professional changing to meet the demands of a disaggregated workplace? David Halliwell, director of knowledge, risk and legal services, Pinsent Masons: Disaggregation works if firms have identified what they […]

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