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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.


Solicitors Guarantee Fund faces crisis unless Victorian government grants aid

CLIENTS in the Australian state of Victoria could lose a significant proportion of more than $25 million owed to them if hopes of bailing out the bankrupt Solicitors Guarantee Fund are dashed. The Law Institute is calling on the Victorian government to provide cash for aggrieved clients after a higher than average level of claims […]


Church Adams Tatham & Co and Manches & Co advised Railtrack plc and property company Lynton respectively in the sale of their interest in a site adjoining Marylebone Station to two subsidiary companies of Banque Paribas, which was advised by Holman Fenwick & Willan.

NHS 'super panel' set to attract medical negligence lawyers

MEDICAL negligence lawyers are to be invited to tender for a “super panel” serving a new national defence fund for NHS trusts which could put the squeeze on legal fees. So far 343 NHS trusts have signed up to the voluntary Clinical Negligence Scheme that was set up by the Government earlier this year to […]

Management buyout forms new firm

Home counties law firm Brain & Brain has split after a management buyout by four of its partners. The Basingstoke office is being relaunched as Brain Chase Coles, while the Reading branch continues as Brain & Brain. Heads of both firms say the split is amicable and evolved by commercial work going to Reading while […]

SA lawyer sets up in Erskine Chambers

SOUTH African Senior Counsel Leon Kuschke has set up practice in London’s Erskine Chambers after successfully completing a three-month pupillage with the set. Kuschke, who was admitted to the South African Bar in 1979, took silk in 1991. He joined the chambers of Richard Sykes QC from his Capetown practice at the start of the […]

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