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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.


Making money work

For the practice seeking to meet the needs of the private client the addition of an investment services department can bring great benefits. But how do you make it work? Choosing the right person to run the department is a critical starting point. Not only must he or she be able to set up the […]

Solihull team blazes trail of care scheme

Cyril Dixon reports THE IN-HOUSE team at Solihull Council and solicitors from Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson have hammered out terms on a pioneering privatisation venture. They conducted negotiations on a contract to provide day care and home support services for the council’s social services department. Martineau Johnson acted for service providers Family Care Trust in […]

Lawrence Collins questions UK Mareva injunctions

Lawrence Collins is head of litigation and arbitration at Herbert Smith. Common sense would suggest that if proceedings are pending in one country, and the defendant’s assets are situated in another, the plaintiff ought to be able to obtain some kind of interim relief (such as a Mareva injunction) in the latter country. That is […]

LAG slams Woolf on court fees

LORD Woolf has been accused by the Legal Action Group of making a deliberate political decision to “play down” the Government’s policy of increasing court fees. The LAG describes the planned fees hike as objectionable and constitutionally suspect. It says Woolf made an implicit political decision to duck an issue likely “to provide an additional […]

Litigation Personal Injury 14/11/95

Mable v RAM Manufacturing – QBD 27 October 199Claimant: Stephen Mable, 4Accident: Plaintiff required to pull fork-lift truck in yard of work place slipped and sustained back injury Injuries: For six-week period he suffered low back pain radiating into left leg with pins and needles in leg together with some loss of straight leg raising. […]

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