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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.


I'll just get my coat

For all of you who didn’t attend The Lawyer Hot 100 party you will have seen from the photographs last week what a glittering occasion it was. An excuse for people to get together, chew the fat, catch up on news and drink as much as is humanly possible.Take defamation lawyer David Price for example, […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer has brought his old college mate Peter back home after a university reunion which saw them measuring how much hair they’d lost and who’d put on the most weight.“Good old Bella, everyone hated her,” remarked the Lawyer as they conducted a post mortem over the dinner table. “One of those people who looked […]

Lawyers who lunch

Tulkinghorn sometimes finds the modern world of law a little frenetic, and the pace of it tends to trigger his gout. So it was a relief to receive the following press release:“Southampton solicitors Paris Smith & Randall (PS&R) hosted lunch at the Friends Provident Saint Mary’s Stadium, their guests Morris Dibben enjoyed lunch in the […]

Claims Direct cuts back on law firms

Claims Direct is planning an overhaul of its panel law firms. The personal injury (PI) claims service has decided to reduce the number of firms it instructs as part of a reorganisation and cost-cutting exercise.At one time Claims Direct had around 350 law firms on its panel; now there is an interim panel of around […]

Andersen Legal Australia to merge with Ernst & Young

The future of Andersen Legal’s Australian firm has been secured by an Australian merger between Andersen’s accounting arm and Ernst & Young. Most of the Andersen Legal staff will join the merged firm, which will operate under the Ernst & Young banner.The firm looked under threat when talks between KPMG and Andersen broke down, making […]

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