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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.


Flotations & Financing

Corporate finance partner Andrew Mitchell led a team at Norton Rose which advised on the launch of Mercury Asset Allocator (MAA), an investment trust managed by Mercury Asset Management (MAM), to provide a tax efficient investment option to shareholders who were offered loan notes, which amount to over u200m, following the takeover of MAM by […]

Stars in a diverse universe

A wide range of practitioners come within the professional negligence Bar’s broad church – right across the spectrum of common law and specialised Chancery sets. The following list is by no means exhaustive, rather a selection based on the subjective recommendations of leading professional negligence solicitors.First port of call for many (especially for solicitor’s negligence) […]

… 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 […]

Rogue door causes uproar

The extent to which a local authority is justified in ordering a whole building to be demolished where planning consent has been breached is now pending in the High Court. The case centres on an enforcement notice ordering Anouschka Sparkes from Hampshire to remove a building on farm land at Hawkley on the basis it […]

In brief: Cameron McKenna and CGU Insurance

Cameron McKenna and CGU Insurance. In last week’s issue we stated that CGU Insurance had removed Cameron McKenna from its panel. We also stated that Camerons recently failed to get on the panel of another leading insurance firm. We now understand both statements to be untrue and without foundation. While Camerons has worked and continues […]

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