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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.


Magnets of the Midlands

Birmingham may have lost its battle to host the Millennium Exhibition but England’s second city had much to celebrate in 1995. It was a record year for acquisitions in the Midlands, its upbeat economy reflecting the UK as a whole, according to research by KPMG Corporate Finance. During the period 1994 to 1995, West Midlands-based […]


Clifford Chance advised Wates City of London Properties on its recent purchase of the freehold of Britannic Tower, Moor Lane, London EC2 from British Petroleum. Linklaters & Paines advised BP.

Litigation Writs 16/04/96

Top holiday company Thomson Tour Operations is being sued by a young couple whose 1993 holiday in Torremolinos, Spain, ended in terror when fire broke out at their hotel. Keith and Toni Austin, from Romford, Essex, risked their lives in a bid to alert other hotel residents after fire alarms failed to work. But the […]

Insurance specialist to head LSLA

INSURANCE law specialist Richard Evans has been elected to head the London Solicitors Litigation Association. Evans, senior litigation partner at the City firm Beachcroft Stanleys, replaces Michael Seymour at the head of the group, which aims to promote “the efficient conduct of civil litigation in London”. He will be at the helm for a two-year […]

Time to take notice

Now that David Penry-Davey has added his voice to the scream of disapproval coming from the higher echelons of the profession against Michael Howard’s tougher sentencing proposals, surely the Home Secretary will sit up and listen. The Bar Council chair represents a body that knows the system first hand – a body that counts the […]

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