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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.


…as 80 per cent of students are jobless

Just one in five trainee barristers find a pupillage through the Bar’s clearing house, according to new figures leaked to The Lawyer. Bar Council research figures show that of 1,981 applicants to the Pupillage Application Clearing House (Pach) in the period 1998-1999, only 442 secured a pupillage. The statistics were produced six months ago but, […]

Olswang woos partner from rival

Olswang has poached a top property partner from the much larger City practice Berwin Leighton. Philip Olmer specialises in a diverse range of property and investment work for blue chip clients in the UK and abroad. He joined Berwin Leighton in 1987 and was a partner with the firm from 1991. Lawyers are commenting that […]

Insolvency set for boost as bankruptcies grow

Insolvency lawyers can expect their workload to surge over the coming year as bankruptcies and winding-up petitions continue to grow. According to the Lord Chancellor’s Department, figures for the first quarter of 1999 show a 5 per cent increase in winding-up petitions compared to the same quarter last year. The statistics also reveal that petitions […]

Fear over international crime plans

The Government’s plan to give domestic courts greater powers to deal with international fraud has received a mixed response from City crime lawyers. The new powers in Part 1 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – effective from 1 June – allow some offences to be tried in England and Wales if any act, omission […]

Expert experts head to head

Accountants feel unfairly slighted when their services as expert witnesses are rejected summarily by lawyers, simply because their firm acts as the client’s auditor. The implied perception of bias is, they believe, insulting and unjustified. Are they right? Objectivity and independence are the qualities of an expert, rigorously emphasised by the new Civil Procedure Rules […]

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