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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.


In brief: Booth to chair Woman Lawyer Conference

Cherie Booth QC will chair the 1998 Woman Lawyer Conference at London’s New Connaught Rooms on 25 April. Topics for discussion at nine workshops include: judicial appointments; how to influence law reform; and how to bring a successful discrimination complaint. The theme will be “Achieving a Balance”.

Intermediary's assurance

Paul Asplin’s letter, “Insurers v Intermediaries” (The Lawyer, 7 April) refers to my company, Greystoke Legal Services, as an intermediary. While technically this may be correct, it is not the whole picture. Greystoke underwrite, administer and settle claims on a fully delegated authority basis on behalf of Lombard General Insurance, a standard & Poor’s AA-rated […]

In brief: Watt new senior partner at Charles Russell

Charles Russell’s newly elected senior partner is Laurie Watt (right), currently the firm’s head of litigation. Watt will take over on 1 May from John South, who is retiring but remaining at the firm as a consultant. The firm says its fee income is forecast to exceed £21m in the current year and has grown […]

Computer companies sign joint ACE rescue mission

(Elizabeth Davidson ) TWO computer companies have signed a deal to mount a joint rescue plan for 25 firms which were left stranded after practice management system supplier ACE quit the solicitor’s market. Practice management system suppliers Peapod Solutions and Tech Computer Office (TCO) have not merged, but agreed earlier this month to work together […]

Conviction on the menu

The case of a hotel sandwich board which upset planners in Bideford, North Devon, is to return to the local magistrates’ court. But when it returns, the magistrates have been given no choice but to convict hotelier Alan Jarad for breach of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1992 by putting the […]

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