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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.


Full of eastern promise

Paul Rainford finds that young solicitors are being increasingly drawn to eastern Europe to give their career a boost. Paul Rainford is a freelance journalist. For budding lawyers who face the prospect of working out of a windswept office in Slough, there is always the lure of working in some remote city somewhere in the […]

Leap year 2000 could stop firms mid-flight

LAW firms intent on guarding themselves against the millenium “bug” and ensuring they are euro-compliant now have to address a third, less well-known problem, according to independent legal IT consultant Neil Cameron. Cameron believes many software designers will not have taken into account thefact that the year 2000 will be a leap year. This is […]

… while Notts Law School studies the ethical implications

NOTTINGHAM Law School is studying how the funding of civil litigation through insurance products and conditional fee arrangements is affecting legal ethics. The study, to be published next month, will ask if the current ethical code underpinning the legal system will protect clients whose cases are being funded by the growing number of insurance-based products. […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

Wizards of Oz

Leading Australian law firm Freehill Hollingdale & Page has been ranked top dog of legal advisers to Australian mergers and acquisitions in 1997 – just pipping rival Allens Arthur Robinson. The firm advised on the three largest completed deals of the year – the privatisation of Loy Yang A Power Station, the acquisition of Advance […]

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