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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.


Had a close shave? Call Brigitte Goff

A HAIRDRESSING negligence specialist at the forefront of a national campaign to regulate hairdressers was herself the victim of a negligent cut. Brigitte Goff’s legal career changed forever after her hair was badly damaged during a bungled highlighting session three years ago. The personal injury lawyer successfully sued the hairdressers and has since used the […]

Legacy of libel damages

I write with reference to the article by Lawrence Abramson on the recent decision of the Court of Appeal to allow directions on personal injury damages to assist libel juries (The Lawyer 16 January ‘Damages made good’). Mr Abramson referred to the David Ashby libel case as being the first libel action since the Court […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 19/03/96

Michael Fabian Spungin, admitted 1962, practised as Armstrong Spungin & Scott, Nottingham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,675 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew client money, falsified accounting documents and failed to pay money into client account in breach of accounting rules. Andrew Jesson, formerly clerk with Emsleys, Leeds, banned from working for any […]

Carving out their own niche

Some barristers have carved out a particular niche for themselves in a particular discipline in the area of professional negligence. In the Lloyd’s litigation, for example, when an instructing firm is looking for “more intellectually rigorous counsel” rather than counsel for a ‘knockabout’ insurance broker’s case”, Bernard Eder QC at Gordon Pollock QC’s set at […]

Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

The GENERAL public should have access to European Union meetings on proposed legislation, according to a manifesto issued by the Law Society of England and Wales. It was prepared by the Brussels office for the 1996 European Intergovernmental Con- ference (IGC), starting in Turin later this month. The paper claims the public should also have […]

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