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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.

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A vision of future litigation

Winton Woods wants to run a “boot camp” in Tucson, Arizona, to teach judges and lawyers how to become part of the courtroom of the future. “I want to bring those guys in and say ‘Hey, you can do this’. We’ll give them the confidence that they are not going to be embarrassed.” Woods, a […]

Lawyers pack a punch for Bruno

LAWYERS from Park Nelson Thompson Quarrell helped out in a legal bout between heavyweight boxers Frank Bruno and Lennox Lewis. They represented Bruno when Lewis sought injunctions to prevent him fighting Mike Tyson in defence of the World Boxing Council heavyweight championship. Lewis applied for one injunction to prevent the WBC sanctioning the fight and […]

Facts about the LAB

The Legal Aid Board employs 1,200 people in 13 area offices and a head office and accounts department in Gray’s Inn Road, London. The basic structure was inherited by the board from the Law Society, but there has been a massive shake-up of management systems and staff at the board since then. In 1990 160 […]

Manchester firm turns on to £100,000 system

Manchester law firm Betesh Fox & Co has switched on its recently installed £100,000 computer system. The system, put in place by Solicitec Legal Systems, is a comprehensive case management system based on a database, diary system and volumes of precedent documents tailored for Betesh’s main personal injury and medical negligence departments. The system will […]

Systems' needs

When it comes to technology, the starting point for most firms which conduct discrete investment business will be to fix a modem to one of the office PCs and to link up to the on-line Videotex quotations service provided by the Stock Exchange. This clearing house, established by the major product providers, helps intermediaries to […]

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