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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.


Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/12/97

Shushil Ramanbhaj Patel, admitted 1977, practising at material time as a solicitor on own account as SR Patel & Co, in High Holborn, until November 1987, initially struck off and ordered to pay costs of £2,214. When it became known that he had already been struck off, the tribunal substituted order that he be prohibited […]

Litigation Personal Injury 02/12/97

Lawrence v Osborne – QBD 21 October, 1997 Claimant: Peter Lawrence, 39 years Incident: Road traffic accident Injuries: Claimant, once a successful accountant, suffered severe head injuries in road crash in which he was knocked off his motorcycle in 1991. As result of accident he underwent personality change, became bad tempered, suffered severe memory impairment […]

In brief: Flemings creates post for Geoffrey Howe

Geoffrey Howe, who steps down after 10 years as managing partner of Clifford Chance next year will become general counsel and a director of merchant bank Robert Fleming. Flemings said the post of general counsel has been created for him.

Nine sign up with insurer to advise on crisis-busting

Nine top law firms, including one US practice, have been placed on a panel to provide emergency advice to companies faced with embarrassing scandals which could hit their share price. Insurer AIG (Europe) has developed a new “crisis containment” policy which gives companies 30 days free legal, PR and other advice in the event of […]

Case summaries

Cases now fixed and pending in the Queens Bench Division include: Staniland v Mansfield (1 December 1997); Katz v Virgin Radio (1 December 1997); Williamson v Metropolitan Police (not before 1 December 1997); Hurley v MGN (2 December 1997); Crosdale v Metropolitan Police (8 December 1997).

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