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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.



Lovell White Durrant advised Albion Property Investments which bought buildings worth £20 million from Langbourn Property Investment Services for a mix of cash and shares. Langbourn was represented by Richards Butler.

Investment for the future

Behind the unassuming Georgian frontage in a genteel part of Edinburgh which was once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a bespoke information technology system which plays an integral part in the management of £180 million of investment funds. Murray Beith Murray WS was established in Edinburgh in 1849, and like other Scottish law firms […]

SA calls for more help from UK as five give free talks

Nelson Mandela’s deputy minister of justice has called for training help from UK lawyers. The deputy minister, Dr Mantobazana Tshabalala-Msimang, visiting England for Mandela’s state visit, spoke to members of the British South African Lawyers Association at the Law Society on 8 July. “My message to you,” Tshabalala said, “is do not be hesitant in […]

US recruit to add clout to Freshfields

City firm Freshfields has recruited senior US lawyer Kent Rowey to its international project finance unit in London in response to growing competition from rivals. US and UK firms have increasingly seen marketing in-house American and British legal expertise as a way of attracting clients. Freshfields partner Simon Hall said: “Having both a British and […]

Talking about your generation

The Law Society today faces many problems. This is nothing new; it did on a greater scale and in a more difficult context in the 1930s and 1940s. Then, by an concerted effort, the society strengthened its modest resources in order to cope. Today, despite the enormous resources available to it, the society seems unable […]

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