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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.


QBD jury cases pending

Pending jury trials in the Queen’s Bench Division include: Flavin v Gould; Brown v Commissioner of Police for Metropolis; Christie v News Group Newspapers; Executive Telecommunications v British Telecommunications; Ludford v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. All cases are marked to be heard not before the new legal term on 16 April.

In brief: Roberts joins ethnic minority committee

Judge John H Roberts has been appointed a member of the ethnic minorities advisory committee of the Judicial Studies Board by the Lord Chancellor. Judge Roberts, a Northern Circuit judge since 1993, succeeds Judge Nicholas Medawar. The board approves judicial study programmes and the committee is one of five that carry out its work.

City firms pull off Unitech take-over

Steven Turnbull and Patrick Wrignell from Linklaters & Paines and Nigel Boardman and Frances Murphy from Slaughter and May headed rival teams of lawyers who struck the £520 million agreed take-over of Unitech by Siebe. Engineering company Siebe, headed by Barrie Stephens, was represented by Linklaters while Slaughters acted for Unitech, an electronics group with […]

Strike action test case gets green light

A legal challenge over compensation for a group of Welsh bus drivers who were sacked after industrial action is to be considered by the House of Lords. And it is an action seen as a test case in employment circles which could strengthen or diminish the compensation rights of all workers who have been sacked […]

Merger of NOrthern Ireland firms creates top practice

NORTHERN Ireland firms Wilson Nesbitt and Greene & Gribbon are merging to form one of the province’s top five practices. News of the merger rekindled speculation that more mergers may be in the pipeline and speculation is mounting that two other firms in the province are talking about an alliance. There are 400 firms in […]

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