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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.


Report set to herald raft of swingeing changes for Bar

SWEEPING rule changes allowing barristers to reject low-paying legal aid work and requirements to compensate clients are likely to be announced this week in the Bar’s standards review body report. The package of recommendations, ranging from training and discipline through to terms of business and an overhaul of the cab rank rule, is expected to […]

IT in brief

A new guide to legal technology has been published by Chiswick-based Marketeer, organiser of the Barbican technology exhibition. ‘The Legal Technology Directory 1994’ is a comprehensive guide to suppliers, networks and hardware, and is available priced at u10 plus Vat. Adobe, producer of the well-known Illustrator software, has now completed its takeover of the Aldus […]

Palmer takes a turn at Hutchison

SOLICITOR Howard Palmer is switching in-house for a nine-month spell at Hutchison Telecommunications. He is being seconded from the company commercial department of Bristol firm Bevan Ashford. Paul Cooper, head of the department, says: “We felt that it would be a good opportunity for Howard to get an insight into, and experience of, the practicalities […]

No longer a state of emergency?

A study of the use and effect of emergency provisions in Ulster will make fascinating reading for lawyers and civil libertarians. The most interesting are the Diplock courts and suspended right to silence. The late Lord Diplock’s commission led to the non-jury Diplock court in the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1973, in response to […]

Bonds deal proves that small really is beautiful

A SMALL two-partner West End firm has shown that it has the mettle to take on the best of the City when it comes to big property deals. The company, Bonds, recently found itself working on a joint-venture project for an un-named German client to acquire for u35 million St Catherine’s House, a London property […]

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