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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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Lawrence Graham banks on investment head

LAWRENCE Graham has boosted its investment management arm with the recruitment of City banker James Sageman as head of its £80m operation. Sageman, a former manager of Hambros Private Banking and the global private banking team at the Royal Bank of Canada (Europe), replaces tax partner Tim Thornton Jones, who will step down as head […]

lawyers at play

Cardiff firm Edwards Geldard sponsored the finale of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales’ summer concert tour at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. “As a legal firm with a strong Welsh heritage, we are keen to be able to support projects originating within, and for, the benefit of the principality,” said senior partner Rod Thurman […]

CBA proposes elite core of fraud counsel

Only barristers with special certificates guaranteeing their experience should be allowed to appear in serious fraud trials, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has proposed. The CBA makes its controversial suggestion in response to last February’s Home Office consultation paper on the abolition of juries in serious fraud trials. The CBA paper, drawn up by a […]

Capital rules pose threat to lawyers

Many law firms will be driven out of the investment business by draconian new capital reserve requirements, solicitors are warning. Investment companies governed by existing financial regulators such as Imro have to keep at least a quarter of their annual turnover liquid to protect clients should they go bust. The Financial Services Authority (FSA), which […]

Lord Justice Phillips to replace Lord Lloyd

Lord Justice Phillips, the judge currently conducting the BSE inquiry, is to replace Lord Lloyd of Berwick in the House of Lords at the end of the year. Lord Lloyd’s long-expected retirement from the Lords was announced by the Lord Chancellor’s Department last week and his departure will follow hard on the heels of the […]

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