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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.


Put yourself in clients' shoes, ombudsman tells lawyers

Ann Abraham, who replaces Michael Barnes as legal services ombudsman this month, has told lawyers she wants them to put themselves in the position of clients. Her predecessor, Michael Barnes, warned the profession in his annual report in June, that it was “on trial” and that self-regulation would be removed if there was no improvement […]

In the running in the regions

From silks to seniors and juniors, the chambers in the regions house a wealth of talent, according to leading practitioners. According to leading practitioners, the regional Bar is serving family law well. At silk level, Lindsey Kushner QC and Charles Bloom QC at 28 St John Street, Manchester are noted. New silk from this year […]

In brief: OSS to probe lawyer's 'silly cow' comment

Arnold Rosen, a London solicitor who allegedly told a client that a clerk at a Weston-super-Mare Magistrates’ Court was a “silly cow”, is being investigated by the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors after he was reported by a policeman who overheard his comment.

Applications overload

I refer to the letter from Imrana Quraishi in The Lawyer, 18 November. May I suggest that it is not that firms are being discourteous when they do not reply to the enormous number of applicants for training contracts, rather that it does not make economic and/or business sense. When you look at the cost […]

'The rottwiler lawyers will have a field day

Tim Hardy looks at how the new broadcasters’ code on privacy has been received. Tim Hardy is a specialist in press and broadcasting complaints at Cameron McKenna. The Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) – formerly the Broadcasting Complaints Commission – published its first code on fairness and privacy for broadcasters on 24 November. The code is […]

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