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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.


Ex-Deacons partners oppose action

BANKRUPTCY proceedings against the 11 equity partners of collapsed Liverpool firm Deacon Goldrein Green, were adjourned last week until 17 January. Proceedings were issued by practice loans business NSW and supported by Frizzells Banking Services. The hearing of a winding up petition against the firm, also issued by NWS and Frizzells, was also adjourned to […]

Fundholding 'seriously flawed'

The Social Market Foundation’s “fundholders for justice” scheme for legal aid, currently being considered by the Government, is based on out-of-date statistics and contains “seriously flawed” analysis, says the Law Society. In a damning report, the society says the money-saving proposal would turn legal aid into “a lottery”. “Cash-limiting legal aid might be attractive to […]

TSG backs regional admission ceremony

THE TRAINEE Solicitors’ Group is supporting a proposal to hold admission ceremonies in regional centres as well as at Chancery Lane. The proposal – first raised by Law Society vice-president John Young – has recently been researched by the society. Its head of legal education Nick Saunders says a “prototype ceremony” will be held in […]

Pensioners fight against care withdrawal

Roger Pearson looks ahead The High Court is set for a major test case early next year which will have wide-ranging implications for hard up local authorities. Two Gloucester pensioners are fighting to show that county councils are not entitled to cut off home care services purely because the councils are short of money. They […]

Law Soc members vote to halve president’s salary offer

LAW Society President Charles Elly will receive u45,750 remuneration as the first senior office-holder to be compensated for his contribution to the society. Elly originally stood to receive u90,000 – the salary of a High Court judge – to cover fees lost by his practice during his time as president. However, the figure was slashed […]

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