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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.


The case for changing the conduct of experts

A spate of recent cases have helped to set out further guidelines for experts. Amina Somers, partner responsible for technology & construction at Irwin Mitchell’s London office, acted for BML. Amina Somers reports. Lord Woolf, in his interim report, said that two of the major generators of unnecessary costs in civil litigation were uncontrolled discovery […]

A witness to great change

Paul Clements reports on how the Civil Procedure Rules are affecting the way solicitors instruct expert witnessess. Paul Clements is head of litigation and dispute resolution at Radcliffes. Part 35 of the Civil Procedure Rules has created a completely new environment for the production and admissibility of expert evidence in civil litigation. The most innovative […]


Firms see the Office of Fair Trading’s investigation into the accounting and legal sectors as a hammer being used to crack a nut, but the inquiry could have far-reaching effects. Dominic Egan reports. The news that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to probe restrictive practices in the accountancy and legal professions was met […]

Fountain Court loses senior practitioner

Farrar’s Building has taken a senior junior from magic circle chambers Fountain Court. Gillian Keene, a senior practitioner with a strong practice in personal injury, clinical negligence, employment and human rights, joined the set last week. Chambers director Ric Martin says: “She is a very good junior who is particularly strong in personal injury. “However, […]

Management Buyout

SJ Berwin advised F&C Ventures on its £6.3m investment on the management buyout of hardware reseller Equanet. Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance provided £4m worth of additional debt facilities. SJ Berwin private equity senior assistant Raymond McKeeve led a team of six on the deal. Taylor Joynson Garrett acted for Equanet while Gouldens represented Lloyds TSB.

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