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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.


Election round-up. Vox Pop

Richard Smerdon, senior partner at Bristol firm Osborne Clarke: “I’m going to vote for Eileen Pembridge. She’s an outsider who’s got the courage to stir things up at the Law Society which has become an expensive dinosaur hanging around our necks.” William Galvin, solicitor in the civic law department at Hull City Council: “Yes I […]

Election round up. The countdown to election showdown

April 1993: A secret Chancery Lane investigation is launched after Eileen Pembridge complains to the then-president Mark Sheldon about recently elected deputy vice-president John Young. Two years later she publicly speaks of “numerous allegations” of sexual harassment against him. Young is privately warned over the incidents regarded as “disturbing” by Sheldon. March 1995: Martin Mears, […]

CRE scraps plans for race bias probe

THE COMMISSION for Racial Equality has dropped plans for a formal investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL), instead entering into a written agreement on race relations with the Council of Legal Education. But the CRE claims it has not backed down from probing race issues at […]

Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 13/06/95

JOHN HENRY JANES, 46, admitted 1977, practised as Howard Janes, Kingsbridge, Devon, struck off and ordered to pay £881 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes, held himself out as practising solicitor in investment business when he had no authority to do so, failed to deliver accountants report on […]

UK plays host to Middle East group

ATTORNEYS from EcoPeace, a major new Middle Eastern environmental law organisation, will be the guests of UK environmental lawyers this week to raise awareness of pressing issues in their region. EcoPeace is a coalition of established environmental law groups in Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan. All the eight main member bodies, two from each country, […]

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