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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.


Defining the scope of duties

An early Appeal Court date and a House of Lords sequel look likely in a bid to achieve a definitive ruling on the interpretation and application of Common Market personal import provisions. The case focus is a recent High Court judgment regarding the Customs and Excise stance over interpretation of personal import concessions which allow […]

Beauty parades not so popular, claims report

BEAUTY parades may be on the way out, with in-house lawyers using their own networks of contacts to choose external lawyers, according to a survey of in-house lawyers. Uxbridge-based legal consultants Coleman Newman Consulting says a survey of 16 legal directors has left the debate on the merits of beauty parades wide open. Although a […]

Deacon's wife sues ex-partners of firm

EX-PARTNERS of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), the collapsed Liverpool legal aid firm now in liquidation, are being sued for negligence by the wife of former partner David Deacon. The action is likely to become a claim on the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The writ, issued in Liverpool’s District Registry, names nine individual partners, including Deacon […]

All done for the common good

To blame the Law Society for not pre-empting the Government’s changes to legal aid and for not guiding the profession through the technological revolution which ultimately will reshape legal services is a waste of time and resources. It would be far better if the candidates in the presidential elections concentrated on bringing the various branches […]

'Degraded' SCB attacks society

THE SOLICITORS Complaints Bureau has accused the Law Society of eroding its independence and undermining its staff. At the Law Society Council meeting last week the bureau’s policy advisory committee chair Tony Heywood defended the beleaguered bureau whose reform has become a key election battleground. “We resent the fact that the bureau has been used […]

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