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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.


Agents take rights to heart

Although the commercial agents regulations have only been in force since earlier this year, agents are already enforcing their new rights. A survey by City-based Fox Williams of 300 businesses using 3,400 agents found 11 per cent of those using agents faced a demand for commission before the principal has been paid by the customer. […]

Partner leaves Hull firm to go it alone

SOLICITOR David Macnamara has broken away from established Hull practice Stamp Jackson & Procter to set up as a sole practitioner. Macnamara has bought out the office in Withernsea where he has been partner in charge for the last 10 years. Both sides describe the buyout as “very amicable” and Macnamara intends to retain links […]


Northern Leisure was advised by Herbert Smith on its u4.5m debenture stock issue.

Law firms moving in on investment business

MORE and more law firms are providing financial and investment services, according to a survey by The Lawyer. The findings coincide with the launch of a new Lawyer section on financial services (see pages 18 to 23). The survey among the country’s biggest 1,300 firms, found that around 40 per cent of the respondents are […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 13/09/94

CLIVE MILLER HINDLE, 46, admitted 1973, practising at material time in partnership as Hindle Campbell, North Shields, cleared of allegations of unbefitting conduct. Allegations were that: he acted in a manner which compromised or impaired or was likely to compromise or impair his acting in clients’ best interests and/or good repute of the respondent or […]

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