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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.



The Official Solicitor is suing Dr K Shah and the Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust for alleged medical negligence following the death of Jacqueline Morin on 13 January 1996. The claim is being brought on behalf of Morin’s dependents and her estate. It includes claims for damages for bereavement and funeral expenses. The writ claims that […]

Simmons corporate partners quit firm after poaching spree

Simmons & Simmons has lost three partners from its corporate department.The departures of Peter Faber, Peter Kennerley and Jeffrey Keey were announced to the firm last Tuesday.Senior corporate partner Peter Faber is leaving to join the London office of US firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue.Peter Kennerley is moving to Edinburgh to become corporate lawyer […]

In brief: Rubina Cassell

Rubina Cassell, the Wilde Sapte lawyer who sued her former firm for disability discrimination, has lost her claim. Cassell, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, brought the case under the new Disability Discrimination Act. It was one of the first cases of its kind to reach an industrial tribunal. Wilde Sapte personnel director David Fowler says: […]

… as three in race row promoted

THREE senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyers have been promoted, despite being named in evidence in a racial discrimination case against the CPS.Judith Bermingham, Colin Chapman and John Bell have been appointed chief crown prosecutors (CCPs) for South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and Essex, respectively.They are all named in evidence as part of a claim against the CPS […]

Scuffle of the week:

Veteran CPS basher Neil Addison (pictured) notched up another round in his battle against the service. Former senior crown prosecutor Addison, who resigned in 1995 after being suspended for his political activities while on the Bar Council, has since been consistently passed over for jobs at the CPS, despite enjoying a good reputation among his […]

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