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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.

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Southwark lawyer wins top council job

– Southwark borough solicitor Clive Grace is to join Torfaen Unitary Authority in Wales as chief executive. Grace, who was also secretary at Southwark, began his career working for law centres in the 1970s before becoming head of legal at the In

Father and son return to the family practice

A FATHER and son team of commercial law partners are returning to the firm which bears their family name. Peter Halliwell and his son Mark are leaving Lace Mawer to join Manchester neighbours Halliwell Landau. Halliwell senior founded the Halliwell Landau practice more than 20 years ago; his son joined him and completed his articles […]

In brief: Legal Executives take the oath

From the end of the month Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives will be able to act as Commissioners for Oaths after approval by the Lord Chancellor. The institute is also awaiting news on its application for extended rights of audience, which is currently under consideration by the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal […]

Bloomfielde berates society

LAW Society honorary auditor Leonard Bloomfield has fired a colourful broadside at Chancery Lane, raising fears that local societies are daring to debate issues like poverty. In the annual report, Bloomfield appears outraged that seminars by an office he investigated had titles like ‘Social law and the relief of poverty’. “The society’s assets and other […]

Judges want help for litigants

A more systematic approach to the provision of pro bono legal services by barristers and solicitors is needed to increase support for litigants in person, the Judges Council says. The council has released a package of recommendations to assist people representing themselves in legal actions. It based its recommendations on a report by Lord Justice […]

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