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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.



One theme of Martin Mears’ Law Society presidential campaign has been the divide between Chancery Lane and the profession’s interests and views. How far is this true of the society’s role in the training of the profession? In this field the Law Society has an impossible job. It is at the same time regulator and […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: David Knight

David Knight is a barrister in Lovell White Durrant’s property research department. He was born in County Down in 1960 and now lives in London. What was your first job? Organising a snooker competition which featured a very youthful Alex Higgins. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £0.00 as a pupil barrister. […]

LCD prepares way for flexible aid consultation

THE LORD Chancellor’s Department has promised to be flexible over the tight August deadline for responses to its Green Paper on legal aid reform. A spokeswoman for the department says anyone having difficulty meeting the deadline who approaches the department for more time to respond will be treated sympathetically. “We’ll do what we can, we […]

Struck off solicitor set to fight tribunal

A SOLICITOR who was jailed for defrauding the Legal Aid Board by making false claims for advice given to prostitutes was struck off the register last week John Shepherd, who ran two firms in Liverpool before serving his three-year sentence, appeared before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on 6 June. He claims the panel of two […]

Law Society calls for body to oversee judicial selection

THE LAW Society has called on MPs to set up a new independent body to oversee the future selection of judges. A new Judicial Appointments Commission was one of the key proposals in the society’s submission on judge selection procedure to the Home Affairs Select Committee last week. The commission would produce more objective appointments […]

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