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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.


Group of 10 threatens high street

Eversheds is rallying 10 of the UK’s largest property firms to promote low-cost volume conveyancing and bypass the Law Society in talks with mortgage lenders and government. The 10 firms undercut high street practices by using paralegals and telephone-based conveyancing. They include Eversheds, Dibb Lupton Alsop, Hammond Suddards, Addleshaw Booth & Co, Shoosmiths & Harrison, […]

Weil Gotshal's top fee earner quits over its global strategy

One of Weil Gotshal & Manges highest fee earners, New York litigator Dennis Block, is leaving the firm over disagreements about strategy, including the expense of the London office. It is understood that Block, who is said to have personally taken $2m in profits last year (the firm’s average per-partner profits last year are estimated […]

In brief: Law Society fills non-constituency seats

The Law Society has elected three new members to fill non-constituency seats. Maria Fernandes has been appointed to the ethnic minorities seat, Pauline McBride has been elected to the local government seat and Robin Healey has been elected to the international practice seat. Kamlesh Bahl has been re-elected as commerce and industry representative.

In brief: Priority to be given to partnerships Bill

The leader of the House of Commons, Ann Taylor MP, has announced that a new bill on limited liability partnerships is to be given priority. The draft bill will also be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny by select committee and consultation with outside organisations.

RJW signs up to Elite system

PERSONAL injury specialist Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has bought a US-made Elite practice management system as part of the firm’s five-year IT strategy. RJW made the decision to replace its Kisol Gold accounting system – a precursor of Axxia Systems’ Arista package – a year ago. The firm said it had been intending to […]

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