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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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Raab, not Johnson, leads Tory leadership race when it comes to lawyer endorsements

Boris Johnson may be the hot favourite to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader – and Prime Minister – in the party’s leadership race, but he has so far failed to attract the initial support of Parliament’s lawyers. Initial indications suggest that Johnson has 42 supporters among the Tory MPs who will whittle down the […]

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Law Society: no-deal Brexit to wipe £3bn off UK legal sector

A no-deal Brexit would halve growth in the UK legal sector, according to economic forecasts by the Law Society and Thomson Reuters. Almost £3bn could be lost by 2025 if Britain exits Europe without a deal. The Society’s model, which used data and macroeconomic forecasts from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the IMF […]

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