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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.


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 […]


JBA Holdings was advised by Dibb Lupton Broomhead on its recent flotation capitalising the computer software company at u53m; the sponsor

Police lawyers pool ideas

IN-HOUSE lawyers working for police authorities are setting up an association to pool ideas and discuss common problems. An ad hoc group has been in existence for several years but now a draft constitution is being drawn up with a view to setting up a formal association. Chris Porteous, solicitor to the Commissioner of the […]


The surge of interest in unit trusts over the last two and a half years has mostly been in trusts investing in the UK. Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds’ figures show that the most popular area in that period has been UK equity income sector funds with total sales between January 1992 and […]

Litigation Writs 13/09/94

Michael Slater, a prisoner at Longlarton jail, is suing the Metropolitan Police Commissioner for the return of more than u37,000 in banknotes. Slater claims he was owner of a wooden box containing u36,860 in cash at a house in Stoke Newington, London, u700 cash at a London EC1 address and an A-reg Mazda car, which […]

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