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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.


In brief: Business strategist leaves Binder Hamlyn

Solicitor Linda Packard has left management consultants Binder Hamlyn to head the legal consulting activity of The David Andrews Partnership, part of Grant Thornton. She specialises in advising law firms on all areas of business strategy. She will be joined by ex-BT information technology consultant Tim Lavender who will focus on telecommunications.

Silkin's Nickols enjoys Three Tenors concert at Norwell's cost

Alison Laferia reports Simon Nickols, head of finance at commercial practice Lewis Silkin, heard the Three Tenors in concert at Wembley, courtesy of Norwel Computer Services. Nickols won two tickets in a business card draw at Norwel’s recent event, a ‘Day of Difference’. He said: “The music and atmosphere were very good. It was an […]

Gary Streeter: hard man goes in feet first

GARY STREETER is one month into his role as parliamentary secretary for the Lord Chancellor’s Department and has already created a furore by calling legally aided litigants “state-funded Rottweilers”. As a qualified solicitor, Streeter may presume he is qualified to make such a comparison, especially as he spent 16 years working at Plymouth firm Foot […]

Shock to the legal system

War on crime was the message. But the White Paper on crime and punishment of Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Forsyth had more than one battle in mind last month. Tucked in between the hard-line penal reforms was the blueprint for a radical overhaul of the criminal legal aid process in Scotland. Proposals for […]

Challenge to criminal defences

The House of Lords is deciding whether to allow a challenge over the defences open to those charged with failure to comply with enforcement notices. The Law Lords have invited the Crown to express its views on the application in the case of R v Wicks to appeal against conviction in respect of failure to […]

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