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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: Harrogate merger fights Leeds threat

Long-standing Harrogate firms Barber Robinson and Titley Paver-Crow & Fedden have merged to form one of the largest firms in the Yorkshire town. Barber Titleys will rank alongside Raworths as one of Harrogate’s largest firms. Solicitors in the town have recently faced increasing competition from the large corporate Leeds law firms. The seven partners in […]

Camerons registers in Prague

Cameron McKenna has appointed a Czech partner to its Prague office and, in a unique move, has registered the office as a Czech partnership. The restructuring is the firm’s response to new Czech regulations stipulating that all lawyers working in the country must be independent advocates, thereby preventing firms from employing fee earners. Under the […]

Decision expected any day on former miners' group action

JUDGMENT is expected before Christmas on the largest personal injury action ever heard in the UK – the British Coal respiratory disease litigation trial – which could benefit 50,000 ex-miners. The trial is a multi-party action brought by a group of miners. They allege they have developed chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD) – including emphysema, […]

Challenge to local authority care cutback

A Yorkshire couple are preparing for a fight to maintain the level of funded care for their severely disabled son, writes Roger Pearson. The level of “respite care” to which people looking after severely handicapped relatives at home are entitled is to be considered by the High Court. A couple from West Yorkshire who care […]

Collyer-Bristow three to set up matrimonial firm

LEADING family law firm Collyer-Bristow is set to lose more than half of its matrimonial team when three partners leave the practice next spring. The head of its family and matrimonial practice group, Jeremy Levison, is setting up a family law firm with fellow matrimonial partners Claire Meltzer and Simon Pigott. The three will leave […]

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