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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.


Suicide triggers alarm over stress levels

A highly regarded and long standing adviser to the Law Society has committed suicide amid growing alarm about the stress faced by solicitors. Mystery surrounds why Andrew Williamson, sole principal of Nottinghamshire firm Williamsons, took his life, but his death comes only weeks after a report showed that solicitors suffered more stress than junior doctors. […]

In brief: Tougher requirements for legal aid franchises

Firms bidding for legal aid franchises will have to meet tough new requirements under plans published last week by the Legal Aid Board. The revised specifications include new standards regarding the supervision of legally aided work and the setting of a minimum number of files that firms have to review at certain intervals. There are […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jeremy Irwin-Singer

Jeremy Irwin-Singer was born in London in 1951. He is a partner at Linnells. What was your first job? Wringing chickens’ necks on a chicken farm in Wales. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? u1,196 pa. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become a TV presenter. What […]

Protecting the debtor

Anne McGrath says insolvency law reform is still high up on the Government’s agenda. The Queen’s Speech has come and gone with n’er a royal whisper of the proposed reform of insolvency law, which Secretary of State for Trade and Peter Mandleson have been strongly pushing for. But the DTI has confirmed that it is […]

Police want to trace the owner of a “lawyers bodkin”

Police are trying to trace the original owner of a “lawyers bodkin” which they believe was used to stab a London teenager to death. The tool was found at the scene of the murder of 17-year-old Dean Martindale who was stabbed after a fight with four youths in Brixton last month. Police believe it is […]

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