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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.

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In brief: Langleys nets Ashurst employment lawyer

The specialist London-based employment firm, Langley & Co, has recruited Nick Ralph from Ashurst Morris Crisp. The firm says Ralph is joining as a senior associate with a view to moving up into partnership next year. Langleys now has eight fee earners, who all concentrate on employment law.

Kidd Rapinet on the merger trail again

SIX-partner London commercial practice Steggles Palmer is joining the much larger London and Home Counties firm Kidd Rapinet. Although the move is being described as a merger, it is effectively a takeover by Kidd Rapinet, which has 35 partners operating out of nine offices. The link-up with Steggles came about via an agency. Kidd Rapinet […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 02/12/97

Decisions are taken from Lawtel’s legal database. LTL: Lawtel report; TLR: Times Law Reports; ILR: Independent Law Report Hostile costs order in county court personal injury litigation Burrows v Vauxhall Motors; Mongiardi v IBC Vehicles (1997) Court: CA (Lord Woolf MR, Phillips LJ and Chadwick LJ) Summary: In what circumstances and at what stage should […]

Appeal Court judgments should be on the Internet, says report

Elizabeth Davidson reports A MAJOR review of the Court of Appeal’s civil division has called for all of its judgments to be made available on the World Wide Web. The report, written by a panel of six authors and chaired by former Price Waterhouse senior partner Sir Jeffery Bowman, was commissioned before the election by […]

Lord Chancellor reduces Aclec's power

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has clipped the wings of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct by ruling that changes to the Law Society and Bar Council’s professional rules only need its approval if the changes “are concerned with rights of audience or rights to conduct litigation”.

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